Draft Lake Whatcom Work Plan ready for public input

Work session at City Hall on Feb. 25

Feb 20, 2015 - by Clare Fogelsong

T​he public is invited to join the Lake Whatcom Management Program’s Policy Group at 6:30 p.m. on
Wednesday, February 25th in City Council Chambers as they review and discuss
the

Members of the public are encouraged to attend the work session to hear about and
comment on planned activities that will support Lake Whatcom management
goals over the next five years. Public input is welcome to help ensure that
the plan meets our community’s needs for the protection of Lake Whatcom.

Lake Whatcom serves as the source of drinking water for more than 96,000
people in Bellingham and parts of Whatcom County. The lake has been an
environmental icon and popular recreational outlet for generations of people
throughout our area. The health of the lake affects everyone in the City of
Bellingham, and many Whatcom County residents as well.

The 2015-2019 work plan describes the broad spectrum of actions that the
City, Whatcom County, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District, and other
partners will take to protect the environmental health of Lake Whatcom
during the next five years. Program actions include protecting watershed functions​, reducing phosphorus runoff from public and private properties,
preventing aquatic invasive species, collecting data relevant to effective
program design, and engaging the community in pollution reduction
strategies.

The work session for the 2015-2019 work plan will be facilitated by the
Lake Whatcom Joint Policy Group, which includes members from the City and
County Councils, the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Commission, and
the Sudden Valley Community Association Board.

What can you do?

The public is encouraged to review the

Draft Lake Whatcom Management Program 2015-2019 Work Plan
. To find out
more and share your input on the

Lake Whatcom Management Program
(LWMP) and the five-year work plan,
attend the work session at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 25 in City
Council Chambers. You can also send written comments to Clare Fogelsong,
Natural Resources Policy Manager, City of Bellingham Public Works, 2221
Pacific St., Bellingham, WA 98229, or
cfogelsong@cob.org
.

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