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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 beds! We will start scheduling regular WEC meetings this fall.
For Current Lummi Island Water Quality
Data Go to : LI_04_11_WQsummary
Lummi Island Community Land Trust Biological Conditions Assessment
of the beach north of the Lummi Island Ferry Landing
Prepared by: Chris Fairbanks Fairbanks Environmental Services
517 Briar Road Bellingham, WA 98225 July 16, 2008
To download (large doc file) full report: Assessment Report – Fairbanks
July 16, 2008 Fairbanks Environmental Services
Lummi Island Community Land Trust contracted Fairbanks Environmental Services, Inc and Coastal Geologic Services, Inc to complete and assessment of biological conditions and coastal processes along a beach to the north of the Lummi Island Ferry landing. Biological conditions of the marine riparian, upper beach, and intertidal zone are good and natural processes are functioning well to maintain a moderately healthy ecosystem. The assessment of coastal processes was conducted by Coastal Geologic Services, Inc and a summary report was completed as a separate memorandum.
Threats to the environmental health of the study area is primarily from stormwater from the ferry landing loading area that transports contaminants from the road surface and pet wastes directly into the study area. Collection and treatment of this stormwater should be given a high priority. The study area is located near the Strait of Georgia and the Cherry Point reach where ship traffic and transfer of petroleum products have the potential for discharge of cargo and fuel into the marine waters. Lummi Island Community Land Trust should include emergency oil spill response action planning into their public education program. Additional actions to enhance existing habitat in the marine riparian zone that would also provide benefits to intertidal habitat include:
1. Remove creosote treated timbers from the beach.
2. Plant additional native species of trees and shrubs in the riparian zone.
3. Establish a riparian community along the ferry landing shoreline where riprap has been placed; this may be done if an access trail is constructed.
4. Place additional large wood features at the toe of the bluff.
5. Retain large wood such as the Douglas fir trees when they fall onto the beach; do not allow trees to be cut and removed from the beach.
6. Protect water quality in the small stream that drains through the culvert in the study area.
For more: Download (large doc file) full report: Assessment Report – Fairbanks