Habitat Monitoring

To ensure that the City of Bellingham is reaching its restoration goals a monitoring program has been implemented at each restoration site that includes studies and assessments of the following:

Studies and Assessments

The City of Bellingham Public Work's Environmental 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 - spawner and smolt trap surveys
  • 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