Properties with large areas of open lawn can unintentionally cause spikes in nutrient runoff during large storm events, even if you don’t use fertilizer. Lawns built over the type of soil surrounding Lake Whatcom simply can’t recycle phosphorus fast enough to hold those nutrients in place. Installing a water quality improvement can mitigate these impacts, while still retaining a yard you can enjoy.
To get started, learn more about the projects you qualify for by downloading the resources below then follow the instructions to sign up for HIP.
Questions about HIP? Watch a ten minute video about Lake Whatcom water quality, HIP project options, and an overview of the HIP process.