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The Lake Whatcom Homeowner Incentive Program (HIP) offers design assistance and financial support to Lake Whatcom watershed homeowners in Whatcom County to install native landscaping that improves yards and protects the lake. When feasible, other water quality improvements like rain gardens, underground filters, and infiltration systems can be incorporated into your HIP project. You could be eligible for up to $8,000 in financial assistance based on the amount of area improved through your HIP project. Shoreline property owners play an important role in Lake Whatcom stewardship and qualify for additional assistance to install larger projects with additional reimbursement. Scroll down to learn more.

Why HIP?

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Sign Up for HIP

Thank you for your interest in HIP. Due to high demand, we’ve reached capacity for new program participants for spring 2022. We look forward to working with new homeowners outside of city limits later this year. Please watch this short video to learn more about HOW HIP WORKS. If you think HIP is a good fit for you and your property, use the SIGN UP HERE link below to sign up for the wait list.

Need help? Contact Ryan O’Connor, Lake Whatcom HIP Coordinator at the Whatcom Conservation District, at (360) 306-4701 or

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Do you have a shoreline property?

Properties that drain directly to Lake Whatcom play an important role in protecting water quality in the lake.  Learn more about additional project options available for shoreline property owners in Whatcom County.

Want additional resources to help you plan a native landscaping project?

Visit the HIP Homeowner Resources page.