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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 provides citizen advice to the City regarding the protection, clean-up, and restoration of the Lake Whatcom reservoir and watershed. The Board further advises on the acquisition and management of properties in the city's watershed land acquisition program per Bellingham Municipal Code 2.90, Council Ordinance 2009.05.029 and bylaws.  

The Board and City staff undertake their property acquisition program 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 reviews 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