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Along "Y" Road at the right center of the map below, are three identified landfills, probably toxic to some degree, but not well quantified. The County owns two of them, and the third was a private car-wrecking business that finally was shut down in 2001.

There are concerns about their impact on the water quality - of both the groundwater (and drinking-water wells) in their immediate surroundings, and through Carpenter Creek and a presumed aquifer, the Reservoir itself.



Download, unzip and double-click on the .KML files to make Google-Earth go to the location, and see the sites in flyable 3-D:

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Some steep slopes, related to roads and urbanized areas, are also of concern.


Agate Bay has seen several unexplained sudden fish kills over the years. Hundreds of dead native fish have washed up on the beach, with no prior warning. No adequate tests were done, and there has never been an explanation.

There is an abandoned "Gas Station" at the junction of "Y" Road and Northshore Drive, at the lower center of this image. It's condition is not known to us, but it is easy to presume that petroleum products and auto maintenance chemicals were dumped in "the back-yard".

Probably no direct influence on the Lake, the Bonneville Power Authority's major powerline crosses this area, from upper-left to lower right. It runs near the north-east shore, then passes Sedro-Woolley farther south.

But a pipeline company started a proposal in year 2000 for a new natural gas pipeline that would have entered at the top and exited next to the powerline on the lower right. It appears they have backed down -- but stay vigilant.

More about Agate Bay - coming
Protect Lake Whatcom: This website is maintained by a concerned citizen, following from 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 Lake. 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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