Lummi Island Ferry Landing Project

ImageWATERSHED ENHANCEMENT COMMITTEE UPDATE – –Wanda Cucinotta, Chair 

WORK PARTY!

Volunteer helpers needed to mulch, weed and plant? We are planning work parties to maintain and enhance our plantings around the ferry landing and the Northern public shoreline. Saturdays, from 10 am to 12 pm, April 14th and April 21st. Please come and have fun with us while doing this needed work! We are back in action applying for grants and are ready with permits for Phase II of this project. We are also applying for shoreline debris clean up funding as well. Wish us luck!!

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A New Beach Bill in the Senate

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!

Click here: A New Beach Bill in the Senate | Surfrider Foundation.

WARNING: WA State Shellfish Safety Information – Dept.of Health

Shellfish Safety Information – WA State Dept. of Health.

Warning: Whatcom and San Juan County Marine Biotoxin Closure is for Varnish Clams only. Skagit County on Sinclair and Cypress Islands is closed for all shellfish species. This closure is very close to Lummi Island and why I recommend you avoid eating any clams from Lummi Island at this point in time.
All Marine Waters VIBRIO ADVISORY: Cook All Shellfish
The State Department of Health advises that all shellfish recreationally harvested during the months of June-October.

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

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.