Check out the 2019 Whatcom Water Week Events! 

 

Your Dog Isn’t the Only One Who Deserves a Treat!

September 14 - 22

Are you a dedicated poop scooper for your four legged friend? If the answer is yes you may be in for a treat during Whatcom Water Week 2019. From September 14th-22nd local parks and trails in Whatcom County will be receiving surprise visits from poop fairies hoping to catch you picking up poo.  Poop pickup certainly isn’t glamourous, but it is a necessity! The poop fairies want to reward you for doing your doo-dy and preventing poo-llution – Scoop it, Bag it, and Trash it!

Questions?  Contact Kate Rice KRice@co.whatcom.wa.us

Self-Guided Stormwater Discovery Tours

Anytime

Follow the path of rain after it falls! Living in the Pacific Northwest, we love the rain because it makes our community green and vibrant. Keeping rainwater clean after it falls is a big responsibility in our urban landscapes. Discover where all that rainwater goes on Bellingham’s Stormwater Discovery Tours. Explore our urban and parkland areas while learning how we work hard to keep the water clean, filter out pollutants, and prevent flooding.

These tours are self-guided. You'll find tour sites in 5 parts of Bellingham: Squalicum Creek Park, Bloedel Donovan Park, trails around Barkley village, Fairhaven, and Downtown Bellingham. Visit http://stormwater.cob.org to start exploring! Let our mobile-friendly site be your guide with maps, historical photos, and undergound drawings that uncover the mysteries of these unassuming stormwater features working hard to protect our waters.

September 14, 2019

Run with the Chums 5k Fun Run/Walk &1k Smolt Sprint

10:00am-Noon, BP Highlands 5042 Grandview, Blaine

Run with the Chums is a fun and free event for all ages as part of Whatcom Water Week.  Register HERE, and first 300 participants will receive a free event t-shirt.  Festivities before and after the race include; refreshments, watershed information exhibits, kid’s activities, and water conservation prizes.

1k kids Smolt Sprint at 10:00 am (all racers receive a ribbon)

5k Chum Run at 10:30am

Location: BP Highlands 5042 Grandview, Blaine, WA 98230 (Off of Grandview Rd, between Jackson Road & Pt. Whitehorn Road)

To register in advance, please visit: www.whatcomcd.org/run-with-the-chums

For additional information or questions, please contact Aneka Sweeney at (360) 526-2381 x 103 or asweeney@whatcomcd.org.

September 14, 2019

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association- Salmon Sighting

10:00am - Noon

Celebrate the biennial return of Pacific pink salmon by joining NSEA naturalists along Thompson Creek in the Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest. Light refreshments, activities and prizes provided. Please leave dogs at home.

Contact Nathan Zabel 360-312-3094

September 14, 2019

International Coastal Cleanup - Locust Beach and Semiahmoo Spit

10:00am- Noon

Come join RE Sources, Whatcom Marine Resources Committee, Northwest Straits Surfrider Chapter, and Ocean Conservancy for the International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September, 14th from 10 AM to noon at either Locust Beach or Semiahmoo Spit. We will be cleaning up both of these beaches and tally up marine debris data to enter into the global international coastal cleanup database to help us better understand what trash we're finding on our beaches. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided along with cleanup equipment- just bring yourself and dress for the weather on the beach! For Locust Beach, join us at the parking lot on the right off Locust Ave or find us on the beach. For Semiahmoo, meet us at the parking lot on your first left when you get to the park. Look out for sandwich board signs to help find your way. Contact Eleanor Hines at EleanorH@re-sources.org for more information. 

September 14, 2019

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association- River Walk

3:00pm- 4:00pm

Join NSEA naturalists during a 60-minute guided trail walk along the Nooksack River to learn about local salmon species and their habitat! Fun for all ages, the River Walk will depart from Horseshoe Bend Trail in the Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest and travel for approximately 1 mile along the beautiful North Fork Nooksack River.

Contact Nathan Zabel 360-312-3094

September 16, 2019

Pickford Film Center Special Screening – Mr. Toilet

5:45pm, 1318 Bay St., Bellingham

Attend this free, special Water Week movie screening.  “Mr. Toilet” is a crusader for global sanitation.  Born in the Singapore slums, Jack Sim knows firsthand the agonies of not having  a proper loo.  Now he’s dedicating his life to a crisis no one dares to talk about.  Learn more at https://mrtoiletfilm.com/.  Reserve your free ticket in advance at the Pickford website http://prod3.agileticketing.net/websales/pages/info.aspx?epguid=80e0a251-d516-4ede-8086-478b7c96b89a&evtinfo=637711~f6f09a43-2b29-4bfa-8fdf-eec896542d8e&

Bellingham Public Library - Little Storytime

10:05 - 10:35, 10:35 - 11:05, and 11:05 - 11:35 a.m.

September 16, 17, and 18.

For ages birth - 3 with an adult partner. Simple stories, songs, fingerplays and creative movement. Lots of fun! Storytime is located in the Dodson Room at the Central Library. All stories will be related to water.

September 16, 2019

Preschool Storytime

Bellingham Public Library 2:00 - 2:45 or 3:00 - 3:45

For ages 3 - 5 with an adult partner. Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, movement and a simple craft. Storytime is located in the Dodson Room at the Central Library. All stories will be related to water.

September 17, 2019

Garden of the Salish Sea Kids Workshop

2:15 - 4:00 PM (after school activity)

Island Library, Lummi Island: Garden of the Salish Sea Kids Workshop:

Paint shells, play games, and learn about life in the Salish Sea.

This event is presented in partnership with the Whatcom County Library System.

September 17, 2019

Neighborhood Stream Tour - Padden Creek

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the stream in your neighborhood, including which fish and wildlife call the stream home, what projects have been completed to restore the stream, and what you can do to help? Well, now you can! The community is invited to join the City of Bellingham staff on three guided, 60-minute tours of our local urban streams during Whatcom Water Week. No cost, no RSVP necessary, all ages welcome.

Join us on Tuesday, September 17 from 6-7 pm for a tour of Padden Creek. We will meet near the pavilion in Fairhaven Park (107 Chuckanut Drive North). The pavilion is the brown building on the left as you enter the park off Chuckanut Drive.

Don’t miss our two other stream tours during Whatcom Water Week:
- Squalicum Creek: Wednesday, September 18 from 6-7 pm at Sunset Pond Park
- Whatcom Creek: Thursday, September 19 from 6-7 pm at the Geri Fields parking lot

Please email habitat@cob.org or call 360-778-7971 for more information. Learn more about our local watersheds and habitat restoration projects by visiting www.cob.org/habitat

September 18, 2019

City of Lynden Water Treatment Plant Tour

12:00pm -2:00pm, 524 Riverview Road Lynden, WA

The general public is invited for guided tours of Lynden's newly constructed (2015) conventional deep-bed, dual media filtration water treatment plant.  The plant treats Nooksack River water to the highest Department of Health potable water standards.  Appropriate footwear (no open toes or heels) must be worn.  The tour is not recommended for small children under the age of 8 years, and all children must be supervised by parents.

12:00pm - 2:00pm, 524 Riverview Road, Lynden, 98264

Contact Mike Kim, (360) 354-3446 or (360) 354-0633, KimM@lyndenwa.org

September 18, 2019

Neighborhood Stream Tour - Squalicum Creek

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the stream in your neighborhood, including which fish and wildlife call the stream home, what projects have been completed to restore the stream, and what you can do to help? Well, now you can! The community is invited to join the City of Bellingham staff on three guided, 60-minute tours of our local urban streams during Whatcom Water Week. No cost, no RSVP necessary, all ages welcome.

Join us on Wednesday, September 18 from 6-7 pm for a tour of Squalicum Creek, which will include information about our upcoming Squalicum Creek Re-route Phases 3 & 4 restoration project. We will meet at the Sunset Pond parking lot (3430 James Street).

Don’t miss our two other stream tours during Whatcom Water Week:
- Padden Creek: Tuesday, September 17 from 6-7 pm at the pavilion at Fairhaven Park
- Whatcom Creek: Thursday, September 19 from 6-7 pm at the Geri Fields parking lot

Please email habitat@cob.org or call 360-778-7971 for more information. Learn more about our local watersheds and habitat restoration projects by visiting www.cob.org/habitat.

September 19, 2019

Bellingham Water Treatment Plant Tour

9:30-11:00am

Get an inside look at how our drinking water goes from Lake Whatcom to your tap. Join us for a 1.5-hour tour of Bellingham's Water Treatment Plant in Whatcom Falls Park.

Participants must be able to walk approx. 1 mile and travel up and down stairs. Advance notice is required for accessible tours and accommodations. Children 8 years and older are welcome with an adult. Please RSVP to NReducation@cob.org for directions and instructions.

September 19, 2019

Preschool Storytime

Bellingham Public Library 10:15-10:45am or 11:00-11:30am

For ages 3 - 5 with an adult partner. Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, movement and a simple craft. Storytime is located in the Dodson Room at the Central Library. All stories will be related to water.

September 19, 2019

Whatcom Land Trust - Maple Creek Reach Tour

10:00am - 1:00pm

Naturalist-led two-mile walk through Land Trust-restored forested wetland and wildlife habitat with an opportunity to see spawning salmon in Maple Creek. Families welcome but please leave dogs at home.Bring snacks and water.

 

Check out this cool video: https://youtu.be/KHdk0VOq6mc


Location: Maple Falls. Parking and details will be provided to those who pre-register.
Event is free but space is limited and pre-registration required to Jennifer McKay jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org

September 19, 2019

Bellingham Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour

12:00- 1:30pm

Get an inside look at how we treat wastewater after it goes down your drain before we release it into Bellingham Bay. Join us for a 1.5-hour tour of Bellingham's Wastewater Treatment Plant in Fairhaven.

Participants must be able to walk approx. 1 mile and travel up and down stairs. Advance notice is required for accessible tours and accommodations. Children 8 years and older are welcome with an adult. Please RSVP to NReducation@cob.org for directions and instructions.

September 19, 2019

Whatcom Museum - Astonishing Streams!

2:00pm-4:00pm

Join us on September 19th behind Old City Hall to learn how streams develop. This free, drop-in activity will show students (and adults!) how streams change and flow over time. Using 4 linked stream tables, we'll see how each stream makes its own path. Anyone is welcome to join us anytime from 2pm to 4pm, on the steps linking Maritime Heritage Park to Old City Hall. In addition, our weekly FIG activities are all water-based to coincide with Whatcom Water Week!

September 19, 2019

Time for Tales

Bellingham Public Library 2:00-2:45pm

For ages 4 - 8 with younger siblings welcome. Enjoy stories, songs, and a fun craft! Storytime is located in the Dodson Room at the Central Library. All stories will be related to water.

September 19, 2019

Neighborhood Stream Tour - Whatcom Creek

6:00pm - 7:00pm

Have you ever wanted to learn more about the stream in your neighborhood, including which fish and wildlife call the stream home, what projects have been completed to restore the stream, and what you can do to help? Well, now you can! The community is invited to join the City of Bellingham staff on three guided, 60-minute tours of our local urban streams during Whatcom Water Week. No cost, no RSVP necessary, all ages welcome.

Join us on Thursday, September 19 from 6-7 pm for a tour of Whatcom Creek. We will meet at the Geri Fields parking lot (off of Puget Street at the corner of Puget and Fraser)

Don’t miss our two other stream tours during Whatcom Water Week:
- Padden Creek: Tuesday, September 17 from 6-7 pm at the pavilion at Fairhaven Park
- Squalicum Creek: Wednesday, September 18 from 6-7 pm at Sunset Pond Park

Please email habitat@cob.org or call 360-778-7971 for more information. Learn more about our local watersheds and habitat restoration projects by visiting www.cob.org/habitat.

September 19, 2019

6:00-8:30pm Short talks that just might change how you look at water.

The Whatcom Watersheds Information Network in association with the WRIA 1 Management Team and Ag Water Board is hosting an evening of short talks on critical water topics. This event includes short talks to explore the status of water for fish and people, why it matters, and possible solutions to address challenges for meeting these needs.  After the talks, explore the topics in more detail by talking to the speakers and visiting with the many partners working on solutions. Light refreshments available. Register here for this free event. Program details.

September 21, 2019

City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation - Saturday Work Party at Whatcom Creek by City Hall

10:00am-12:00pm

The Bellingham Parks Volunteer Program and Bellingham Kiwanis are hosting a drop-in stewardship work party along Whatcom Creek by City Hall in downtown Bellingham (210 Lottie St.) on Saturday, 21, 2019 from 10am-12pm.

Please join us as we work to celebrate and improve the ecosystem along Whatcom Creek, one of Bellingham's most valuable freshwater resources and home to salmon runs of Coho, Chum and Chinook salmon, and Steelhead trout.

All are welcome! Family friendly. Please wear long pants and close-toed shoes and bring a full water bottle and a snack. Work gloves and direction provided.

Participants under age 18 must bring a completed Youth Liability Release Form or bring a parent/guardian to sign at the work party.

More information and liability release form can be found at www.cob.org/parkvolunteer.

Contact: Amy Brown 360-778-7136

September 21, 2019

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association- River Walk

3:00pm-4:00pm

Join NSEA naturalists during a 60-minute guided trail walk along the Nooksack River to learn about local salmon species and their habitat! Fun for all ages, the River Walk will depart from Horseshoe Bend Trail in the Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest and travel for approximately 1 mile along the beautiful North Fork Nooksack River.

Contact Nathan Zabel 360-312-3094

September 21, 2019

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association- Salmon Sighting

10:00am - Noon

Celebrate the biennial return of Pacific pink salmon by joining NSEA naturalists along Thompson Creek in the Mt. Baker - Snoqualmie National Forest. Light refreshments, activities and prizes provided. Please leave dogs at home.

Contact Nathan Zabel 360-312-3094

September 21, 2019

September 21 and 22

Come Eat & Play. A memorable gathering for family and friends. This event provides education, fun and food fare of the surrounding bay and straits September 21 and 22.  Admission is FREE.

Saturday, September 21,  Downtown Bellingham and Squalicum Harbor

Sunday, September 22, Zuanich Point Park and Squalicum Harbor

For event schedule and information visit www.bellinghamseafeast.org

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Whatcom Watersheds Information Network (WWIN) 

Email: whatcomwin@gmail.com