Homeowner Incentive Program
How it Works


The HIP Process

If you qualify for HIP, you could get reimbursed for projects that improve your property and protect the lake! Properties with homes in the Lake Whatcom watershed that were not built to current code standards to protect water quality may participate in HIP. Getting started is easy. First, enter your address to see if you qualify. If you do, you’ll be directed to a page that describes the types of HIP projects possible on your property. Follow the directions on that page to get started planning your HIP project today 

Our 5-Step Process

Here’s How it Works


Enter your street address

Learn what type of HIP projects are possible on your property and how to get started.


Learn more

Staff is here to help answer your questions and help you understand how HIP works. Depending on the location of your property, you will start by learning more from an online workshop or an individual consultation with staff.


Choose your property improvements

HIP projects include beautiful native plantings, rain gardens, drainage upgrades, and more. Staff will help you find the options that work for your property and assist with the application process.


Complete your project

Staff will help connect you to professionals who can help and provide directions on how to do-it-yourself.


Get reimbursed!

Receive a rebate of up to $1.30 per square foot improved for eligible expenses. Your property could qualify for thousands of dollars, or more.

Let's Get Started

"Before installing our HIP project, our yard was a mix of bare dirt and grass. After installing our HIP project, our yard was a LOT easier to maintain."

—Chris Ohana, 2020 HIP participant

Learn more about Chris Ohana’s native landscaping project:

The Benefits of

Participating in HIP

HIP water quality improvements do more than just protect Lake Whatcom. They can add value and curb-appeal, create unique outdoor spaces, and give you a sense of stewardship, all without having to give up the way you use and enjoy your property. Help is always just a phone call or email away, and this one-on-one assistance is available throughout the whole process, making participation easy. HIP projects are specifically designed to fit within the unique constraints of your lot while maintaining the outdoor living and playing spaces you value.