Thursday, August 8, 2013

Celebrate Water Weeks - Special Events!

Celebrate the importance of our water resources by signing up for one of these free Whatcom Water Weeks events!  We’re collaborating with our partners (City of Bellingham, Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, Yeager’s Sporting Goods, Everybody’s Store, Refuse and Disposal Services, and the Surfrider Foundation) to offer these events.  Find out more info about Whatcom Water Weeks here:

1.  Rain Garden Bike Tour in Bellingham: Saturday September 7, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Dust off your bike and join us for a fun ten mile ride to view rain gardens and stormwater treatment facilities in Bellingham.  This tour will primarily showcase rain gardens, but we’ll also visit some of the brand new super cool stormwater facilities installed by the City of Bellingham.  We’ll discuss pollution prevention and offer homeowners and business owners an opportunity to consider new ways to help prevent stormwater pollution on their property.

Meet us at Bellingham Technical College (BTC), at 3028 Lindberg Avenue, at 10:00 a.m. We will gather on the south side of Building G, which is next to the Campus Center.  After viewing rain gardens at BTC, we will visit rain gardens around town, as well as stormwater facilities installed at private homes at businesses, and in public right-of-ways.  We’ll travel on bike paths and side roads whenever possible, at a slow to moderate speed.  The tour will end at Western Washington University by 1:00. Participants should be familiar with safe bicycling techniques.  Children under 8 years old must be on their parent’s bike (trailer, seat, or trail-a-bike).  The route will be less than 10 miles in length.  The tour is free, but registration is required.  For more information or to register, contact, or call (360) 733 8307.

2.  Little Squalicum Creek Restoration Work Party:  Saturday September 14, 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Bring your kids and join us for a few hours of weed pulling!  We’ll remove invasive weeds, mulch new seedlings, meet new friends, and have fun.  This work is needed to ensure that the Creek and its wetlands continue to provide high water quality and habitat. 

Meet us at 9 a.m. in Little Squalicum Park near the entrance from the lower parking lot of Bellingham Technical College. This location has free parking.  Dress for weather conditions, and we’ll provide tools, gloves, and snacks.  Please bring your own water bottle.  For more information, contact Wendy Steffensen,, or call (360) 733 8307.

3.  South Fork Nooksack River Cleanup:  Saturday September 14, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 

Prepare to get dirty and work hard on this event, because there’s a lot of trash out there.  Because we expect low water levels, most volunteers will be asked to walk one or two miles along the river to pick up trash.  We’ll divide up into small groups and get ‘er done.  Canoes will be used to move the trash to the pick-up locations. Our favorite folks at RDS will pick up the trash!  Afterwards we’ll party down at Everybody’s Store.

This event requires advance registration.  To find out the details or register, contact Dylan Reese, at Yeager’s Sporting Goods.  He can be reached at, or (360) 733-1080.  

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