Watershed protection is the first and most basic step in a multi-barrier approach to insuring pure drinking water. Our duty to provide clean water for over 100,000 residents begins with careful land management.
In 2001, the City began a program to purchase available land in the Lake Whatcom Watershed, funded by
watershed fees. As of June 2020, the City has purchased approximately 2229 acres at a cost of $33.7 million dollars. The City has also protected on additional 164 acres of land through
conservation easements or restrictive covenants.
Lands protected by the Property Acquisition Program
For more information, please contact the Property Acquisition Specialist in the
Public Works Department administration office.