It’s Whatcom Water Week: Sept 17th – 24th, 2011

Whatcom Watershed Information Network.

Whatcom Water Week

Join in the Celebration:

The week-long event will:

• Celebrate the importance of our water resources

• Share what we know and are learning about the “State of Resource”

• Inspire and help others learn about stewardship efforts

• Meet new people and find new partners

• Be fun!

The kick-off for Whatcom Water Week will be on September 17th. Events will be
scheduled throughout the week at various locations across the county.


Calendar of Events

Event Locations – Map

Information on Hosting an Event

Event Host Information/Application (pdf)

Online Event Host Application

Activity Ideas for Hosts (pdf)

Event Ideas – Events from 2010 (pdf)

Sponsorship Information

Sponsorship Information Sheet (pdf)

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Emily Resch
(360) 371-7100
Sue Blake
(360) 676-6736

Disposal of Toxics


The Whatcom County Hazardous Waste Program has scheduled a hazardous waste pickup on the Island on Saturday, August 20, from 11 AM to 4 PM. Please see this press release!

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:

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.

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.

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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.

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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.



© 2011 Siemens Water Technologies Corp