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Silver Beach Creek Pilot Project

Silver Beach from the air

Lake Whatcom jurisdictions are working together to implement the Silver Beach Creek (SBC) Phosphorus Source Control Pilot Project, a comprehensive strategy of projects and behaviors to reduce phosphorus loading into Lake Whatcom.  Project elements include education, outreach, enforcement, monitoring and capital improvement programs to reduce runoff and pollution. The cooperative program sponsors include the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District, and WSU Cooperative Extension.  

Project Components

Specific activities include:

Pilot Area

The Silver Beach Creek Watershed is an ideal pilot area because it is shared by both the City and County jurisdictions and has some of the highest development/residential-related phosphorus loading of all the Lake Whatcom tributaries.

Project Activities

Public Involvement Opportunities

Infiltration Examples

Porous Pavement Option    Berm - Courtesy University of Rhode Island    Bioretention Swale - courtesy Seattle Pacific University    Infiltration Trench - Reliable Basement Services    Native Plant Lawn Replacement - Colleen Owen

 

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