Lummi Island Ferry Landing Project

ImageWATERSHED ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE UPDATE – –Wanda Cucinotta, Chair 

WORK PARTY!

Volunteer helpers needed to mulch, weed and plant? We are planning work parties to maintain and enhance our plantings around the ferry landing and the Northern public shoreline. Saturdays, from 10 am to 12 pm, April 14th and April 21st. Please come and have fun with us while doing this needed work! We are back in action applying for grants and are ready with permits for Phase II of this project. We are also applying for shoreline debris clean up funding as well. Wish us luck!!

Oil spill off Lummi Island from Lummi Rock Quarry Bellingham Herald – The News Tribune

LUMMI ISLAND – An oil spill from two sunken barges on the south end of Lummi Island is contained for now, the state Department of Ecology said Thursday afternoon, March 15.

Divers from Ballard Diving and Salvage of Seattle were cutting one of two submerged barges into pieces for removal on Thursday when a sheen of oil, 100 feet long and 6 feet wide, appeared and moved toward shore in strong winds, Ecology spokeswoman Jani Gilbert said.

State and federal authorities did not know what type of oil was leaking or how much there was. The divers from the salvage company might have disrupted sediment around the barges and released oil that was trapped underneath, Gilbert said. The barges had been under water for a couple years, and Ballard Diving had been hired by the Lummi Rock quarry to remove them.

The spill, just offshore of the quarry on the island, was affecting 200 feet of shoreline, a state Department of Ecology statement said. It wasn’t immediately known if the spill was affecting sensitive habitat. There might be eelgrass in the area, which is habitat for herring, Gilbert said.

Workers with Lummi Rock placed a containment boom and absorbent materials around the submerged barges and on the shore. Active cleanup would not begin until Friday, Gilbert said.

Ecology was not able to confirm another oil sheen at the same site, reported on March 8.

Bellingham Herald reported this story at www.bellinghamherald.com

Oil spill off Lummi Island contained; cleanup planned for Friday | Bellingham Herald – The News Tribune.

A New Beach Bill in the Senate

Urge your Senators to show their support for healthy beaches and robust coastal economies by co-sponsoring the Clean Coastal Environment & Public Health Act of 2011. 

Don’t let them put this off for yet another year!

Click here: A New Beach Bill in the Senate | Surfrider Foundation.

WARNING: WA State Shellfish Safety Information – Dept.of Health

Shellfish Safety Information – WA State Dept. of Health.

Warning: Whatcom and San Juan County Marine Biotoxin Closure is for Varnish Clams only. Skagit County on Sinclair and Cypress Islands is closed for all shellfish species. This closure is very close to Lummi Island and why I recommend you avoid eating any clams from Lummi Island at this point in time.
All Marine Waters VIBRIO ADVISORY: Cook All Shellfish
The State Department of Health advises that all shellfish recreationally harvested during the months of June-October.

It’s Whatcom Water Week: Sept 17th – 24th, 2011

Whatcom Watershed Information Network.

Whatcom Water Week

Join in the Celebration:

The week-long event will:

• Celebrate the importance of our water resources

• Share what we know and are learning about the “State of Resource”

• Inspire and help others learn about stewardship efforts

• Meet new people and find new partners

• Be fun!

The kick-off for Whatcom Water Week will be on September 17th. Events will be
scheduled throughout the week at various locations across the county.


Event
 Information:

Calendar of Events

Event Locations – Map


Information on Hosting an Event
:

Event Host Information/Application (pdf)

Online Event Host Application

Activity Ideas for Hosts (pdf)

Event Ideas – Events from 2010 (pdf)


Sponsorship Information
:

Sponsorship Information Sheet (pdf)


Follow them on
:

Twitter Facebook


For more information
:

Emily Resch
emily@bbwsd.com
(360) 371-7100
Sue Blake
sgblake@wsu.edu
(360) 676-6736

July Update

Lummi Island Ferry Landing Restoration Plantings

Although our plantings were weed eaten 3 times since we installed them in 2009, there is still life along the ferry landing rocked bluff.

Greetings from Lummi Island Watershed Enhancement Committee. Here is our July Update:

Our new MRC Water Sample Volunteer is Leah Paisano. She will be collecting samples once a month. Thank you Leah for committing to this important water monitoring work. For more information contact Melissa Roberts at MRoberts@co.whatcom.wa.us , Whatcom Co. Public Works (360) 676-6876 ext. 5063.   We are very disappointed that we didn’t get approved for our grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation/ Community Salmon Fund. And although we have permits ready to start Phase II Ferry Landing Enhancement, we will need to seek additional funding to finish our restoration work.  We will be organizing volunteer work parties to weed, water and mulch our plantings at the Ferry Landing several more times this summer. Greg Lutz has been volunteering to help. Thank you so much Greg for a great job weed-eating! You’re the best.   If you would like the opportunity to help, send us an email and get on our work party call list. For information or to volunteer contact: Wanda @ 360-220 -3077, email: forestflor@aol.com 

Check out: https://liwec.wordpress.com or https://www.facebook.com/LIWEC. The Island Mitt Mutt Stations are helping pet owners clean up after their pets which helps keep pollution from entering the marine environment. We all need healthy aquatic resources. Our work hopes to improve the quality of storm water entering our public clam bedsWe will start scheduling regular WEC meetings this fall.