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.
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.
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:
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
The North Cascades Audubon Society
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]