National Public Works Week – May 17-23, 2020
Across the country, and here in Bellingham, each spring during National Public Works Week, we recognize the services that Public Works provides our communities 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The City of Bellingham Public Works department provides essential city services such as clean drinking water, wastewater treatment, stormwater management, protection of natural resources, and safe streets and sidewalks for transportation. Public Works This year, to celebrate National Public Works Week, the City of Bellingham has activities families can do at home available here.
Whatcom Water Weeks
This annual event celebrates the importance of our water resources through a multitude of activities that share information, inspire stewardship, and foster community. Held each September, Whatcom Water Weeks are coordinated by the Whatcom Watersheds Information Network (WWIN) and partially sponsored by the City of Bellingham.
Water and Wastewater Treatment Plant Tours
Tours of the Water Treatment Plant and the Wastewater Treatment Plant are available free of charge to interested groups by request. Go behind the scenes with City staff at Whatcom Falls Park to see the process of cleaning our drinking water from Lake Whatcom and/or visit Post Point to discover how we treat our dirty wastewater before discharging it into Bellingham Bay. The Public Works Department also provides tours of the treatment plants to 5th grade students in Bellingham as part of its Bellingham Water School program.
Annual Volunteer Work Parties
The Public Works Natural Resources Division and Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program co-host three annual work parties in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in January, Earth Day in April, and Make a Difference Day in October. These work parties provide opportunities for the community to contribute to efforts that improve water quality and fish and wildlife habitat in local streams. Sign up for the quarterly Habitat News email to receive updates about these three work parties, or find a list of upcoming work parties here.
ALL IN for Climate Action Week
In 2019, the City hosted its first annual ALL IN for Climate Action Week. This week is a celebration of all the knowledge, progress, and resources our community has to offer when looking for solutions to address global climate change at the local level. This week aligns with the United Nations (UN) Climate Action Summit in the fall and features a variety of community events that are open to the public.
Meet a Public Works Truck Event
This event is hosted in May each year during Public Works Appreciation Week, a time to celebrate and appreciate the work it takes to maintain the infrastructure and services that Public Works provides for our community – from keeping our streets safe for travel to treating our drinking water to reducing the pollution that ends up in our waterways. This event is an opportunity for children, their families, and other interested individuals to view some of the equipment used to keep our City running and meet the staff who operate this equipment. The event features demonstrations, activities, and crafts for children.
Neighborhood Meetings or School Presentations
City staff are available to attend neighborhood meetings or provide presentations or tours to school groups to share information about issues of interest or concern.
- Public Works Contacts
- What You Can Do for Clean Water
- Water Conservation
- Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program
Environmental Education and Outreach Group
Public Works Natural Resources