Come on down to the Lummi Island ferry landing on June 24th, Thursday evening. Join us for a Volunteer Work Party to help maintain our Nearshore Project! Weeding and tending our shoreline planting around the ferry landing.
From 7pm to 8:30pm,
The MRC/ Shellfish Subcommittee and WEC installed Little Neck Clam tents for a pilot project here on Lummi Island. One tent is located just north of the ferry terminal on public tidelands, and one on public tidelands near the end of Blizard Road. This pilot project aims to take advantage of naturally-produced clam larvae from any species that float in the water column prior to settlement into suitable habitat. If this pilot project proves successful, future clam tents will be considered for other locations. The tents were installed in April and will be removed in late summer. Beach Elementary School students assisted in pre-installation surveys to document what clams exist in the locations presently, and will also assist in future surveys to determine if clam recruitment was a success. Please notify us if you notice that one of the tents is damaged or needs attention. We will be checking the tents weekly. Please contact Melissa Roberts at 360-676-6876, or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or call Wanda to notify her of any attention needed to the tents.
Lummi Island Watershed Enhancement Committee has lots of fun things happening this April.
Here below is a letter from the Whatcom County Resources Shellfish subcommitte’s ProjectLummi Island resident letter-1
March 30, 2010
Dear Lummi Island Resident:
Re: Marine Resources Committee Clam Enhancement Projects
The Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) was established in 1999 by the Whatcom County Council as a way for local citizens to participate and lead marine restoration and protection projects. As part of the MRC’s clam enhancement work, we would like to engage you in an exciting pilot project that will be taking place in your neighborhood, and invite your participation. The MRC plans to install two 3’x5’ clam tents along the eastern shoreline of Lummi Island. One tent will be located just north of the ferry terminal on public tidelands, and one will be located on public tidelands near the end of Blizard Road.
Similar clam tents have been used successfully on the East Coast to enhance populations of softshell clams for both recreational and commercial harvest. The goal of the MRC clam subcommittee is to enhance recreational opportunities for clam harvest along Whatcom County shorelines. The design of these tents will consist of ¼” netting attached to the substrate with steel hooks in a 3’x5’ rectangle. The netting will be slightly larger than the rectangle, and will have small floats underneath to allow it to be suspended at higher tides. This non-rigid design is intended to reduce the likelihood of kayakers or other small boat users from running into the structure, and is intended to better absorb shock from floating debris or wood. I have included an article describing various clam tent designs and information. At low tide, these tents will be very low-profile and will only be noticeable by the small floats positioned beneath the netting.
This pilot project aims to take advantage of naturally-produced clam larvae of any species that float in the water column prior to settlement into suitable habitat. This phase of the study will look at 1) the practicality of this clam tent design, and 2) the recruitment success of these tents. If this pilot project proves successful, future clam tents will be considered for other locations. These Lummi Island locations have been chosen for the pilot project as reasonably secluded locations with a lower chance of vandalism, and because there are known clam populations in the vicinity. Assuming success, future tent locations will be determined at a later time.
The tents will be installed in early April and will be removed in late summer. Beach Elementary School students will assist in pre-installation surveys to document what clams exist in the locations presently, and will also assist in future surveys to determine if clam recruitment was a success.
We are hoping you will be willing to notify us if you notice that one of the tents is damaged or needs attention. Wanda Cucinotta, a Lummi Island resident and MRC clam subcommittee member, will check the tents weekly. If you would be willing to notify us if you see anything amiss between her checks, it would be greatly appreciated.
Please contact me at 360-676-6876, or email@example.com for more information about the MRC or clam tents in general, or call Wanda at 360-758-2272 or 360-220-3077 to notify her of any attention needed to the tents.
Sincerely, Melissa Roberts
Whatcom County Public Works – Natural Resources
Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee
322 N. Commercial St., Ste. 110
Bellingham, WA 98225
- Water Sample Volunteers Are Still Needed as we assist Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) with monthly water quality sampling. The MRC/ Shellfish Subcommittee and WEC are also collaborating on a Little Neck Clam enhancement pilot project here on Lummi Island this spring.
- Many thanks to all the community volunteers who helped us plant native vegetation and improve the quality of storm water runoff from the ferry landing area last year. All Lummi Islanders are welcome to join our Committee’s monthly meetings beginning in March. We have permits in hand for future restoration work and hope to start again this spring.
- WEC has a different project sponsor organization! The Lummi Island Heritage Trust (a 501c3 nonprofit) has generously agreed to sponsor our Ferry Landing Enhancement Project. This enables us to receive donations and to seek grant funds for additional restoration work around the Lummi Island Ferry Landing as well as monitoring and maintenance of our 2009 work.
- For information or to volunteer contact: Wanda @ 360-220 -3077
- BEACHES ON LUMMI ISLAND REMAIN CLOSED FOR SHELLFISH HARVESTING DUE TO HIGH TOXIN LEVELS IN MOLLUSCAN SHELLFISH. Before harvesting molluscan shellfish, contact the Biotoxin hotline for updates to biotoxin and pollution-related closures at 1-800-562-5632 or web site http://www.doh.wa.gov/ehp/sf/biotoxin.htm
- DID YOU KNOW THAT: Contaminated runoff from our roads and urban areas is the number one water pollution problem in the state, and most pressing threat? – Between 6 and 8 million gallons of oil and grease are washed into the Puget Sound every year (equivalent to one Exxon Valdez spill in two years)? – 45-65% of stormwater pollution is due to petroleum products?
WATERSHED ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE UPDATE – – Wanda Cucinotta, Chair
Lummi Island gets 2 years of water quality testing! Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee will coordinate pickup and pay for monthly lab fees from 5 sites (2 saltwater and 3 seasonal fresh water) on Lummi Island. Their focus is recreational shellfish beds. They’re also sampling Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay and Chuckanut Bay. Funding comes from a Whatcom Co. agreement with WA State Dept. of Ecology and NOAA. ONE CATCH: We have to provide the volunteers. So – we need at least 4 volunteers (2 trained crews) committed to 1 day a month to take water samples and get them across the ferry to AmeriCorps Crews (For 2 yrs). Sampling time varies but will be during the week. Training will be in November.
Ferry Landing Project: Thanks to all the community volunteers who helped, the quality of storm water runoff from the ferry landing area has improved, the shoreline buffer has been planted with native vegetation and, we have permits for future restoration work at the ferry landing site and the public shoreline to the North. We will be finishing up our plantings now that the rains have come. So if you didn’t get the opportunity to help, here’s your chance. We’re setting up volunteer work parties. Contact: Wanda @ 360-220-3077, firstname.lastname@example.org
See This Before Picture: Remember What the Ferry Landing Looked Like Before Our Work?
“Never does Nature say one thing and Wisdom another.” – Unknown Juvenal
Lummi Island Tome Article Oct 2009