Lake Whatcom jurisdictions work together to provide policy guidance and direction for the Lake Whatcom Management Program. Two Joint Council/Commissioner meetings are held each year attended by the Bellingham City Council, Whatcom County Council, and Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners. The Lake Whatcom Management Program Work Plan 2010-2014 outlines current efforts.
The Lake Whatcom Management Committee includes the City of Bellingham Mayor, Whatcom County Executive, and Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District General Manager. This team is responsible for implementing the policy guidance and direction provided by the legislative bodies listed above.
The Lake Whatcom Joint Policy Group includes representatives from the Bellingham City Council, Whatcom County Council, the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners, as well as staff from the Interjurisdictional Coordinating Team. This group meets once a month to discuss Lake Whatcom policy topics and to provide policy guidance and direction to staff working on Lake Whatcom.
The Interjurisdictional Coordinating Team (ICT), created in 2000, coordinates activities and programs between the three jurisdictions. Consisting of staff from each of the three jurisdictions, this team meets on a regular basis to review the progress of tasks identified for the five-year Lake Whatcom Management Program.
Since the early 1990s, representatives of the three jurisdictions have worked together on joint strategies for managing and protecting the lake. The Interjurisdictional Coordinating Team develops five-year work plans to guide implementation of the management strategies. Plans consist of twelve program areas: Land Preservation, Stormwater Management, Urbanization and Development, Community Outreach, Data Management and Information, Spill Response and Hazardous Materials, Forestry/Fish/Wildlife, Transportation, Recreation, Utilities and Waste Management, Administration, and Enforcement.