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Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board

The Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board meets the fourth Thursday of each month at 7:00 p.m. at Public Works Operations - 2221 Pacific Street. The public is encouraged to attend.


The Watershed Advisory Board shall advise the City regarding the protection, clean-up, and restoration of the Lake Whatcom Reservoir and the surrounding watershed, the city watershed land acquisition program, and the management, maintenance, and use of acquired property per Bellingham Municipal Code 2.90, Council Ordinance 2009.05.029 and bylaws. The Board shall provide citizen advice concerning proposed specific land acquisitions except when not feasible.  

The Board and City staff shall undertake their functions based upon consideration of 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 Board shall review the City of Bellingham Overlay Criteria and recommend amendments to the City Council as appropriate.

Typical Decisions

Time Requirements

Meetings are typically held on the fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Members are encouraged to spend additional time on Board matters outside meeting hours.  See Meetings and Events for currently scheduled meetings.


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. Members must have lived in Whatcom County for at least two years.

Attendance Policy

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.


Main Office

Lake Whatcom Watershed Advisory Board
Public Works Department / Natural Resources
2200 Nevada Street
Bellingham, WA 98229

Phone: (360) 778-7800
E-mail: watershed@cob.org