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
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Don’t miss this Program on June 9th “What’s in our Waters?”


Find out current Whatcom County Water Quality an shellfish survey data. Including Lummi Island’s data!

For Current Lummi Island Water Quality
Data Go to : LI_04_11_WQsummary

Rain garden planning for Puget Sound; Prevent flooding and reduce water pollution

Construction of Ferry Parking Lot Rain Garden, Lummi Island WA

Join the campaign to protect Puget Sound!

All about Rain Gardens:

Rain garden planning for Seattle / Puget Sound; Prevent flooding and reduce water pollution.

Count your Rain Garden in the campaign at: http://www.12000raingardens.org/index.phtml

Washington State University and Stewardship Partners are leading the groundbreaking campaign to install 12,000 Rain Gardens in the Puget Sound Region by 2016.

You can actively participate in this exciting effort by installing Rain Gardens and seeing immediate benefits:

  • Reduce polluted runoff
  • Prevent flooding and increase home value
  • Create beautiful, low-maintenance landscapes
  • Help your community save millions of dollars in pollution clean-up and expensive stormwater projects.

Rain Gardens work like a native forest by capturing and infiltrating polluted runoff from rooftops, driveways, and other hard surfaces. 12,000 Rain Gardens would soak up 160 million gallons of polluted runoff to protect our waterways, significantly helping stop the stormwater crisis that is threatening our waterways.

Rain Garden Counter

Google map of Puget Sound Rain Gardens

Rain Garden Sites Whatcom

Garden #1

Address: City Hall Parking Lot, Bellingham, 98225

Owner: City of Bellingham, Designer: ?, Installer: City of Bellingham, RG Size (sq ft):300, Drain area (sq ft): 6000,Primary water source: parking lot, Date: 2003

Garden #2

Address: Bloedel Donovan Park, Bellingham, 98225

Owner: City of Bellingham, Designer: ?, Installer: City of Bellingham, RG Size (sq ft):550, Drain area (sq ft): 11,000, Primary water source: parking lot, Date: 2003

Disclaimer: Washington State University does not verify the accuracy of this information and does not endorse the work of any of the designers or installers. Information on designing and installing rain gardens can be found on theHomeowner Resources page.

Evidence Of Water Cleansing Benefits from Biodiversity

This is an interesting article about a study on how bio-diversity helps remove toxins in water. Cardinale’s study, which appears in the April 7 issue of Nature, was funded by the National Science Foundation.

The cleansing power of biodiversity
Scientists have long known that ecosystems that have more plant species tend to have a greater capacity to remove pollutants from soil and water than do ecosystems that have fewer species. But, until now, no one knew how or why this is so.

Cardinale’s study helps solve this mystery by explaining how biodiversity promotes the self-cleaning power of streams. According to the study, as algae grow in streams and produce more biomass, they incorporate into their bodies some common forms of pollution and thereby remove it from the water. Each species of pollution-removing algae has evolved and adapted to a different set of conditions, and so occupies a unique mini habitat, or niche, within a water body. Therefore, as the number of species of pollution-removing algae increases in a stream, so too does the number of unique niches that are occupied, filtered and cleansed by them. Hence: the more algae species a stream has, the more total pollutants these organisms may remove from the water.

Read More: Precedent-Setting Evidence Of The Benefits Of Biodiversity.

View video: http://www.wateronline.com/article.mvc/How-Biodiversity-Promotes-Water-Quality-0001