Habitat Monitoring

​​​To ensure that the City of Bellingham is reaching its restoration goals, the Natural Resources Division conducts a variety of studies and assessments including:

  • Nearshore Chinook Study - a collaboration between the City of Bellingham, the Skagit River System Cooperative, and Lummi Nation
  • Fish Studies - spawner surveys, smolt traps, and forage fish studies
  • Macroinvertebrates - aquatic insects, worms, clams, snails, and other animals without backbones
  • Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) - amount of pollution that a water body can receive without violating state water quality standards
  • Culverts - assessment of all culverts within the city limits
  • Water Quality - monthly data on water quality in each of the city’s urban streams