Lake Whatcom Management draft work plan available for review, comment

Public comment on next five-year plan due by March 2

Feb 07, 2020 - by Cynthia May, Natural Resources Education and Outreach

As Lake Whatcom Management Program partners, the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District have successfully worked together for many years to steward Lake Whatcom. Partners develop a coordinated five-year work plan to meet program goals for the protection of Lake Whatcom and its watershed. The 2020-2024 draft work plan is now available for public review and comment. To learn more visit the Lake Whatcom Management Program website at www.lakewhatcom.whatcomcounty.org. The Draft Lake Whatcom Management Program Work Plan​ can be found in the “Latest News” section. ​

The draft work plan will be reviewed and considered by the partner jurisdictions this month at these public meetings:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners meeting, 6:30 p.m. at 1220 Lakeway Drive, Bellingham. Details at https://lwwsd.org/about-us/meetings/.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18: Whatcom County Council Water work session, 10:30 a.m., Garden Level Conference Room, 322 N. Commercial Street, Bellingham. Details at https://www.whatcomcounty.us/268/County-Council.
  • Monday, Feb. 24: City Council regular meeting, 7:00 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers, 210 Lottie Street, Bellingham. Details at https://meetings.cob.org/.

The final work plan will be presented for approval at the annual Lake Whatcom Management Program Joint Councils and Commission meeting on Wednesday, March 25. Details on this meeting will be posted at the www.lakewhatcom.whatcomcounty.org website in March.

Public comments on the draft work plan are welcome and can be submitted in writing by Monday, March 2 to the three decision-making bodies in a single email addressed to: ccmail@cob.org; council@co.whatcom.wa.us; general.inbox@lwwsd.org.  Comments received by March 2 will be considered by the Lake Whatcom Management Program partners before the work plan is finalized.

For more information, contact Clare Fogelsong, environmental policy manager with the Bellingham Public Works Natural Resources division at (360) 778-7965 or cfogelsong@cob.org.

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