Volunteer Evening Work Party

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.

Lummi Island Ferry Landing North side Planting 5/2010

From 7pm to 8:30pm,


2010 Clam Tent Pilot Project

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 mroberts@co.whatcom.wa.us for more information or call Wanda to notify her of any attention needed to the tents.

2010 Clam Tents

Blizard Road End Clam Tent Location

Lummi Island Watershed Enhancement Committee has lots of fun things happening this April.

Waterstudy continues.

Stay tuned!

Lummi Island Stormwater runoff.

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 mroberts@co.whatcom.wa.us 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

Phone:   360-676-6876

Fax       360-738-2468

Website:            http://www.whatcom-mrc.whatcomcounty.org

Recent Slide On Lummi Island Shoreline Bluff

Lummi Island Watershed Enhancement Committee (WEC)
January 2010 UPDATE – – Wanda Cucinotta, Chair
Here’s our latest update:
  • 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?

Volunteers Needed!


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.

100_1615Ferry 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, forestflor@aol.com

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

Project Update

Planting at the Ferry Landing was so much fun!

Colleen Berg is a dedicated Community Volunteer

Community Volunteer

Community Volunteer Wynne Lee having fun planting this Oregon Grape on the ferry landing.


We are pleased to announce that we have reached  our project’s goals for this Year.

The Lummi Island Ferry Landing Restoration project has attempted to improve the quality of stormwater runoff from the ferry landing and new parking lot, improved the ferry landing shoreline buffer through erosion control, best management practices and planting of native vegetation, as well as have assessed the public shoreline to the North for future restoration work. We have also secured county and state permits, and Whatcom County Public Work’s approval for additional restoration work at the ferry landing site and the public shoreline to the North beyond the scope of this phase of the project and grant cycle through the year 2015.

Community Education And Outreach.

Surprisingly, much of our community education success came from over 300 one on one personal contacts with Lummi Islanders and visitors during our highly visible shoreline enhancement work which included community volunteers planting native vegetation along the ferry landing. And also, from our educational outreach including on site informational signage, publicized meetings, volunteer recruitment posters and announcements, and the continued support from many other Lummi Island organizations.

  • We made 3 wooden hand painted signs: 1 Shoreline Restoration volunteer recruiting sign, 2 project informational signs. Displayed at the ferry landing.
  • Community volunteers who worked at the ferry landing took personal ownership of our restoration work and became good stewards of the public areas around the ferry landing. Many other Islanders took pride in what we were doing as well. It was a great educational opportunity because it was hard not to engage with the public while working at the ferry dock.
  • We continued to make announcements in the Tome, a local Community Association newsletter, to recruit volunteers and give our community updates on the project. (See above June 2009 Tome recruiting volunteers.
  • We included Beach Elementary School Kids and the Island Girl Scouts where possible. The above picture is the Island Brownies potting up bare root plants to be planted out later.                                                We taught the Girls Scouts about the importance of water quality through videos, programs and hands on work.
  • We spent many hours marketing our project and educating our community about shoreline stewardship. We had educational booths at community events: farmer’s market, Reef-Net festival, Civic Club plant sale. And certified 32 more Island Shore Stewards through the Washington state University Beach Watcher Program
  • We continue to work on our blog: https://liwec.wordpress.com/ and will update it when we get the chance.
  • We co-organized The Blue Thumb Workshop with the WSU Extension Shore Stewards Program. It was held at the Lummi Island Grange Hall on 9//27/08. We had over 42 attendants!

Reduce Marine Pollution From Storm Water

  • We worked with the County to identify runoff problems in the new parking lot and they agreed to fix this one for us. Water was going around the drainage grid and pooling up in the street before going directly to the beach. (See above center photo)
  • 8 inflows to rain gardens were enhanced with smart sponges installed in the new parking lot. (Pretreatment to filter hydrocarbons) (See above left)
  • We enhanced 2 drainage outflows with smart sponges installed to filter surface water runoff from new parking lot. (To remove hydrocarbons)
  • 1 catch basin insert was installed in existing catch basin designed to collect debre, reduce turbidity and hydrocarbons entering marine waters. (See picture above).
  • We helped to install 1 new Contech Catch basin unit containing 3 sub-basins with 2 outflow filters designed to collect debre, reduce turbidity and hydrocarbons entering marine environment. The old catch basin was removed and the new unit installed by Whatcom County Public Works Dept. personnel.
  • With help from the Lummi Island Community Association, we installed 2 Mitt Mutt Stations with signage. One at the Ferry Landing and one in the new parking lot. We are Monitoring/maintaining supplies.
  • We put up 2 public information signs about Water Quality near ferry loading areas.

Shoreline Buffer Enhancement

  • We planted over 402 linear ft. of marine shoreline buffer. The Lummi Island Ferry landing rock shoreline was enhanced with Native vegetation, native soils, woody debre and erosion control along the entire bank top (upper face and crest). Materials added: 107 yards native soils, 3 (6 yd capacity) truck loads of large to medium size rock, 6 (6 yard capacity) truck loads of logs/stumps, 50 plus mixed species wattles, 20 yards of aged bark fines, 6 yards forest duff/ small branches, 1 yard pea gravel, 2 yards coarse sand and 1 yard compost. The Ferry landing area was planted with over 1700 native plants, shrubs & trees,  added 5 lbs. mycorrhizae, 6 pickup loads of large and small woody debre (mixed species wattles and brush), seeded 25 lbs. dwarf fescue grass seed and installed 480 lin. ft. (3 ft wide) erosion control jute netting.  We also used 3 lbs. native plant seeds.

Extra work completed:

  • We enhanced 55 linear feet of marine shoreline buffer along Nugent Road. We added erosion control mulch along bluff top and crest to act as a level spreader for storm water and planted native plants and shrubs including 10 trees.
  • We enhanced 92 linear feet wildlife habitat along the south side of the ferry landing located within shoreline buffer between ferry parking areas and a wooden fence. Action: Mulched and pruned existing tree and 6 shrubs, we planted, mulched and maintained an additional 6 native shrubs and 5 trees.  Creating a hedgerow.
  • We built a trail for access to present and future shoreline vegetation plantings

Additional Enhancement work:

We have assessments complete and permits granted for an additional 310 linear feet of shoreline enhancement work. Also, our feasibility study is done, plans ready and permits obtained for additional work. Plus, we have most of this work approved by the landowner, Whatcom County Public Works Department. (Although, some restoration work would need to be negotiated through a new scope of work.)  Our permits are secured for 5 years with extensions for up to 15 yrs.

Inkind – Matching funds & Community Volunteers

We were able to substantially exceed our goal for matching funds during this phase because we extended our project for 6 month without any additional financing. This substantially increased the volunteer time needed to complete our commitments. We engaged and assisted with over 280 hours of volunteer restoration work from community members most of which was 2 hours at a time.

We had a few exceptionally dedicated volunteers of which donated many, many hours of their time on this project. They are and have been actively engaged in helping out with all aspects of our project deliverables and are committed to continued stewardship of our work.  Without them, this project would surely not have been a success. Also, project lead Wanda Cucinotta with Forest Flor Recovery, volunteered more time and energy than anticipated to complete the project. She generously donated much of her time, many native plants, supplies and equipment. She volunteered for Saturday work parties all through the spring and summer working with and coordinating volunteers. Her commitment to the project’s goals and her additional commitment to 3 years of native vegetation maintenance and stormwater BMP inspections will continue to add to the success of our restoration work.

June 2009 Update

Community Volunteers Needed!!!


Ferry Landing Fish and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement Project

To restore and enhance marine habitats, reduce water pollution,

prevent erosion and supply community education

through hands on shoreline stewardship.

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Join our Volunteer work parties throughout June and July.

Saturday and Thursday mornings 10am to Noon

Meet at the Lummi Island Ferry Dock.

Volunteers will: Remove noxious weeds, plant native plants (water, weed & mulch them) as well as other various tasks to clean stormwater runoff along the ferry terminal and shoreline to the north.

Or Volunteer anytime that works for you.

You can call or email to signup to volunteer during the week and/or whenever you are available. We have lots of jobs to be done by our July 31st deadline. Jobs include manual labor as well as other easier tasks like measuring, irrigating, monitoring, documenting, office work, coordinating etc. you choose.

$$ Volunteer Hours count as a match for our grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation $$

Call Project Lead Wanda at 360-220-3077 or email forestflor@aol.com if you would like to volunteer, or have any questions and/or concerns.