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adopted by Joint Resolution, December 1992,
by all three parties:
Whatcom County, City of Bellingham and Water District 10. ( thus, "CC10" )

General Goal Statements:

To recognize Lake Whatcom and its watershed as the major drinking-water reservoir for the County and develop public and private management principles for the lake and watershed consistent with a drinking water reservoir environment. Affirm this goal by establishing the name: Lake Whatcom Reservoir.

To protect, preserve and enhance water quality and manage water quantity to ensure long-term sustainable supplies for a variety of uses, with priority placed on domestic water supply. Management programs and actions will be made in recognition of existing contractual agreements and potential for review and renegotiation in light of these goals.

To prioritize protection over treatment in managing Lake Whatcom and its watersheds. Management actions shall reflect a long term view of replacement or treatment costs.

To manage water quantity to sustain long-term efficient use of the water for beneficial uses within the county that are consistent with a drinking-water reservoir, and recognize the integral link with the Nooksack River and associated water resource concerns.

To ensure that opportunities for public comment and participation are provided in policy and management program development, and to promote public awareness and responsible individual actions.

To promote learning, research, and information opportunities which better our understanding of the watershed system, the impacts of activities, and the benefits and potentials of policies implemented.

Specific Goal Statements: (*)
Goals Statement groups; with the titles of the Specific Goals (*)

General group:
Goal 1.    Public Involvement and Education
Goal 2. Watershed Ownership
Pursue public ownership and protection of the watershed whenever possible through public/private partnerships, tax incentives, transfer of development rights, land trusts, grants, etc.
Goal 3.    Information and Data Management

Water Quality Protection and Enhancement group:

Goal 4.    Forest Practices
Goal 5.    Hazardous Materials - use and transport
Goal 6.    Hazardous Materials - storage and handling
Goal 7.    Nutrient Loading and Other Potential Threats
Goal 8.    Recreation
Goal 9.    Solid Waste
Goal 10.    Spill Response
Goal 11.    Stormwater
Goal 12.    Transportation
Goal 13.    Urbanization/Development
Goal 14.    Sewer System - utilization of sewers over on-site systems
Goal 15.    Sewer System - water quality without promoting growth.
Goal 16.    On-Site Waste Systems

Supply/Quantity Management group:

Goal 17.    Conservation
Goal 18.    Diversion Operation for Reservoir Management
Goal 19.    Recharge

Demand group:

Goal 20.    Distribution/Availability within the County

Other group:

Goal 21.    Fish and wildlife

(*) Full-text of the Specific Goals Statements are available.

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