Lake Whatcom Reservoir Property Acquisition Program

​​Watershed protection is the first and most basic step in a multi-barrier approach to insuring pure drinking water. Our duty to provide clean water for over 100,000 residents begins with careful land management.

In 2001, the City began a program to purchase available land in the Lake Whatcom Watershed, funded by water​shed fees. As of June 2020, the City has purchased approximately 2229 acres at a cost of $33.7 million dollars. The City has also protected on additional 164 acres of land through conservation easements or restrictive covenants.​

Lands protected by the Property Acquisition Program

Additional Information

For more information, please contact the Property Acquisition Specialist in the Public Works Department administration office.


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