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Protect the Lake Whatcom Drinking Water Reservoir

The Watershed Is Not Being Preserved!     The Consequences in Health and Cost!
speak to us: info@lakewhatcom.org
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Overview for new visitors:
      The Lake Whatcom Reservoir is the sole potable-water source for the entire City of Bellingham and many Whatcom County residents adjacent to the city -- about 87,000 people and growing every year. (relief-map)
      In 1992, the City, County and Water District #10 (now called "LWWSD"), defined 21 Goals for the management and preservation of the Lake & its Watershed. But 15 years later, those goals have still not been reached - and the water quality keeps getting worse! -       See the Scorecard.
      The City has a website section on the Reservoir.

Be a Council-Watcher
The Lake Whatcom Reservoir Watershed lands are served by four local Jurisdictions, for water and sewer service, and zoning and development permits. We sometimes don't know what they are considering, or acting on.
You can help -- by being a Council-Watcher.

Here is the current weather:
Click for Bellingham, Washington Forecast
STORM WATCH
With the wind and rain storms we have each winter - we ask everyone to be watchful for water and sewerage runoff problems. Please take photos of problem sites and send them to us, with a description of the location and the issues.

Watchers: Send reports to: info@lakewhatcom.org

More Information - Details
The North Cascades Audubon Society (NCAS) maintains a Lake Whatcom section of their website, with a special focus on Conservation - the core mission of that noble organization. Please visit NCAS-Lake Whatcom pages

Aerial view of the Reservoir - looking east over Silver Beach from above Alabama Hill:--
[photo courtesy Tore Ofteness]
Aerial view of the Lake - looking east from above Alabama Hill

Location of the watershed, within Whatcom County:--
Whatcom County Map

Google-Earth photo image - Bellingham Bay to Mt Baker --
Bellingham to MtBaker NASA Satellite image

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click for GoogleEarth KMZ-file (Requires Earth.Google.com installed)
click here for image with place-names

Land Uses within the Watershed:
What are the current Land Uses within the Lake Whatcom Reservoir Watershed?

Download a spreadsheet listing the number of parcels in each of about 20 land-use categories.

Protect Lake Whatcom: This website is maintained by a concerned citizen, developed for a Citizens' Initiative brought forth in 1999, with the purpose of directing the City to implement Goal #2 of their own 21 Goals for the management and preservation of the Reservoir. Copyright 1999-2008 ©LakeWhatcom.org. c: [an error occurred while processing this directive] Our bottom-line principles are: Protect the water supply in perpetuity -- maintain ecological viability of the lake for natural species -- distribute the financial burden fairly among those benefitting -- take immediate action if prudent -- take definitive action -- avoid actions which cut off future options.
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