In 2012, the existing park master plan was amended to include
proposed improvements to mitigate onsite stormwater, removal of an existing
concrete bulkhead, beach improvements, expanding native planting areas,
include a new boat house and associated amenities and create infrastructure
for the Aquatic Invasive Species boat inspection program.
Construction for the stormwater and shoreline improvements
started in September 2014. This project implements Low Impact Development (LID) retrofits
to mitigate for, or eliminate sources of, nutrient and bacteria loading in
stormwater runoff from Bloedel Donovan Park into Lake Whatcom. Project
design uses infiltration as a Best Management Practice and media filtration
to provide enhanced treatment.
$128,000 City of Bellingham Water Fund
$384,000 Department of Ecology Statewide Stormwater Grant Program
$150,000 City of Bellingham Water Fund
$150,000 Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office Aquatic Land
Enhancement Account Grant
Donation by the Whatcom Rowing Association.
Unfunded at this time.
The master plan amendment was approved by City Council on July 2, 2012.
Construction of stormwater improvements, native planting and the Whatcom Rowing Association Boathouse projects were completed in 2014 and 2015. Future improvements at the park are pending funding.
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