The Watershed Advisory Board (WAB) provides citizen advice to the City regarding the protection, clean-up, and restoration of the Lake Whatcom reservoir and watershed. The WAB further advises on the acquisition and management of properties in the City's watershed land acquisition program.
With respect to property acquisition, the WAB and the City staff are guided by the baseline criteria adopted by Joint Resolution of the City, Whatcom County, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District, as well as upon consideration of the City of Bellingham Overlay Criteria adopted by the City Council. The WAB shall review the baseline criteria and recommend amendments to the City Council as appropriate.
Typical Decisions and Activities
- Provide advice and input to the City staff regarding recommended land acquisitions in the Lake Whatcom Watershed.
- Consult with and make recommendations to the City staff regarding policies for the management of the Lake Whatcom Reservoir and watershed.
- Stay informed of various issues and activities that impact the Lake Whatcom Reservoir and watershed via City staff, County staff, and invited experts.
- Write letters of support or dissent on issues affecting the Lake Whatcom Reservoir and watershed.
The WAB meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Public Works Operations - 2221 Pacific Street (view map); the public is encouraged to attend.
The Board does not meet the month of December and August.
Driving Directions to Public Works Traveling North on I-5
- Take exit 254 for Iowa St toward State St
- Turn right onto Iowa St
- Take the first left onto Pacific St
- Destination is on the left
Driving Directions to Public Works Traveling South on I-5
Take exit 254 for Ohio St toward State St
Turn right onto King St
Take the first right onto Iowa St
Turn left onto Pacific St
Destination is on the left
Board Member Requirements
The Board shall consist of up to eleven members appointed by the Mayor. Appointments shall be for three-year terms, and a member may be reappointed. Members must be a Whatcom County resident for at least one year. Members are expected to attend all regular meetings. Members who miss excessive meetings without due cause may have their appointments automatically terminated by the Mayor. Please refer to the Bylaws and BMC 2.90 for more information.
Interested in Applying?
Applications for prospective Board members are available on the Boards and Commissions Application Process webpage. Selection of members of the WAB shall be made with due regard for diversity in all its forms to ensure full community representation and perspectives from a broad range of backgrounds and interests. Knowledge of lake, stream, and/or watershed processes is encouraged in prospective members. It is also recommended that prospective members review the resources located under the "Resources" section on this page.
The following are considered positive attributes for potential WAB member candidates:
- Be willing and able to regularly attend monthly meetings;
- Be willing and able to regularly attend other board meetings as an appointed liaison;
- Be prepared for said meetings and provide appropriate and timely follow-up;
- Always act as an advocate for all Bellingham citizens;
- Keep an open mind during discussions;
- Set-aside personal issues, agendas and disagreement;
- Be considerate of others and other opinions.