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.


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

Forest Practices Board takes important steps to protect clean water and public safety

Board Also Gets Dnr Update On Timber Harvest Compliance Action Plan

OLYMPIA – The state’s Forest Practices Board approved a rule today aimed at improving protections for water quality and public safety in several watersheds where timber harvesting and other forest practices occur.

“Today the board took positive steps as a result of the lessons learned from the extraordinary rain event in the Chehalis River basin in 2007,” said Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark. “This gives more substance to DNR’s monitoring and enforcement of watershed protections and its recommendations for additional steps to protect public safety, property and clean water.”

RED MORE:  Forest Practices Board takes important steps to protect clean water and public safety.

Learn more http://1.usa.gov/l25HDD Watch video http://bit.ly/k2YLeT

Laird Hamilton Speaks Out for Ocean Preservation – Environment – GOOD

Laird Hamilton who works with the Surfrider Foundation  in an article from   on Good News says:

“A true understanding and compassion for the fragility of ocean life is the issue I feel is most crucial to any conversation about the ocean. On a micro level, individuals should feel a sense of both responsibility and empowerment to doing all the little things that matter to the coastline—pick up trash, stop littering, recycle—scores of small contributions can quickly lead to large scale change. On a macro level, it is important that we hold corporations and politicians accountable to understanding the needs of our ecosystem—they represent us, and we are all dependent on that ecosystem—we posses the power and capability to prevent its destruction”


For more visit: Laird Hamilton Speaks Out for Ocean Preservation – Environment – GOOD.

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

The United Nations International World Water Day is on March 22nd

Change Begins with a Drop.

Water Technologies

Since 1993, International World Water Day has been

held annually on March 22nd by the United Nations

as a means of focusing attention on the importance

of fresh water and advocating for the sustainable

management of fresh water resources.

Of course, personally, we can all adopt small

changes in behavior, to help make a big difference

this World Water Day (and everyday). Siemens is

also committed to creating the technologies to

help communities and industries make big changes

in how they consume, manage and recycle fresh

water, to make a real and lasting impact on water

conservation and accessibility across the globe.

Water Facts

Things you should know about the world’s fresh

water supply – our most precious natural resource:

n Up to three quarters of the Earth’s surface

is covered with water but less than 0.03% is


n Producing 35 cubic feet (1 cubic meter) of

drinkable water through desalination reverse

osmosis (the process of forcing salty water

through a membrane to remove the salt) requires

about 2 kWh of electricity. Although that’s down

from 5 to 10 kWh 20 years ago, it is still energy


n Urbanization and demographic changes pose

serious challenges to secure water supplies for

future generations, as humans use more and

more water each year.

n Today, 1.2 billion people are without clean

drinking water and 2.4 billion people are not

connected to wastewater systems.

n The United Nations estimates more than 3 billion

people may suffer from water shortages by the

year 2025.

n As population grows, the demand on our

water resources is challenged to keep up.

n More than a billion people in water poor

regions around the globe survive on

the same amount used to flush a toilet

or take a 5-minute shower, just over 1

gallon (5 liters) of water each day.

n Each day almost 10,000 children under

the age of 5 in Third World countries die

as a result of illnesses contracted by use

of impure water.

n Even though each person only requires

about 13 gallons (48 liters) of water on

a daily basis, individuals in the United

States use an average of 132 gallons (500

liters), those in Canada an average of 79

gallons (300 liters) and those in England

an average of 52 gallons (200 liters).

n To manufacture new cars 39,000 gallons

(148,000 liters) of water are used per car.

n A 60-Watt incandescent bulb can

consume up to 6,000 gallons (22,710

liters) of water a year.

n Water and energy are critical, mutually

dependent resources – the production

of energy requires large volumes of

water and water treatment requires large

amounts of energy.



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