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!
Join the campaign to protect Puget Sound!
All about Rain Gardens:
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:
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 Sites Whatcom
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
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.
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
Please come join our
Saturday and Thursday morning volunteer work parties
From 10 am to noon all through May.
Meet in the New Ferry Parking Lot.
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Want to do some fun work and help enhance Lummi Island’s marine waters and public tidelands? Come help us start work on our Nearshore Enhancement Project! We could use some new inspiration and some fresh volunteer enthusiasm for our National Fish and Wildlife Foundation grant funded Project.
This Saturday, May 2nd we will be removing noxious weeds and preparing planting areas along the South face of the ferry landing. Hopefully we’ll be ready for planting by next Thursday.
The next few Saturday and Thursday mornings volunteer crews will remove noxious weeds, prepare planting areas including erosion control and install native plants along the Northern bluff areas around the ferry terminal and shoreline to the north.
This Spring our volunteer crews will:
• Remove noxious weeds, install approx. 2,000 native plants along the bluff areas around the ferry terminal and shoreline to the north.
• Install 1 mutt mitt station with signage at a location approved by Whatcom County. • Remove rough creosote logs from the northern shoreline.
• Install pretreatment bays and an oil/grease separator to the rain gardens in the new ferry terminal parking lot.
• Install bio-infiltration measures along the wetland path north of the new parking lot.
• Install and maintain a Bio-clean catch basin insert in the catch basin immediately north of the southern entrance to the new ferry terminal parking lot.
Also, Whatcom County Public Works Dept. will assist us in replacing the catch basin in the northeast corner of the ferry terminal with a new Contech filtration system. They will cost share, install the unit, and maintain it in perpetuity.
Our goal is to restore and enhance marine habitats, reduce water pollution and secure the eroding shoreline bank on the County owned property around the Lummi Island ferry landing. We appreciate your cooperation during the installation phase of our project and apologize for any inconvenience.. We will need to reserve 1 or 2 parking areas from time to time this spring. We may also need to divert traffic along Nugent Road for a few short periods.
If you have any questions and/or concerns contact project lead: Wanda Cucinotta at firstname.lastname@example.org or Phone: 360-220-3077
Watershed Enhancement Committee, LICLT