Thursday, August 23, 2012

Restoring Little Squalicum - Join us on September 15!

RE Sources for Sustainable Communities will be teaming up with Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program to restore Little Squalicum wetlands and creek on September 15, 2012 from 9am to noon, in honor of Whatcom Water Week.

A former EPA cleanup site, the streambed and surrounding land of Little Squalicum Park was heavily contaminated by industrial operations for decades. The remediation of that land, recently completed in 2011, has left a clean streambed and soils, and acres of newly replanted land. Before the plantings become fully re-established, wetlands and riparian habitats are vulnerable to invasive species and are in need of mulching and weeding. Wetland and riparian habitats with well-established native plants are integral to maintaining water quality and habitat for native species.

“Good water quality and high quality habitat need support in disturbed areas like Little Squalicum Creek. RE Sources often works on the technical and policy end to support waters and habitat; I am glad we can also work on-the-ground and in-the-ground to effect change,” commented Wendy Steffensen, Lead Scientist with RE Sources. 

The September 15, Little Squalicum Park Wetland and Stream Restoration event kicks off what will be the first of many weeding, mulching, and re-vegetation work parties hosted by RE Sources at Little Squalicum Park. These work parties are open to the public to participate.

Work party attendees will meet at 9am in Little Squalicum Park near the entrance from the lower parking lot of Bellingham Technical College. Parking is allowed in the "Lower Lot" of Bellingham Technical College.

Questions?  Please contact Wendy Steffensen, Lead Scientist, RE Sources for Sustainable Communities.  360 733 8307 or

Whatcom Water Week is an annual awareness week that aims to improve community understanding of water issues throughout Whatcom County. Spanning from September 8th – 22nd, 2012, Whatcom Water Week seeks to celebrate the importance of our water resources, share what we know and are learning about the “State of Resource”, and inspire and help others learn about stewardship efforts through a series of events scheduled at various locations.

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