2021 Whatcom Water Week Events

Please register your event by August 1st to take full advantage of Water Week promotions.

Self-Guided Lake Whatcom Tour

September 11 - 19

Week-Long Event

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Learn more about Lake Whatcom while visiting the Hertz Trail along Lake Whatcom's northern shoreline. Informational signs about the Lake's history, facts, and stewardship opportunities will be posted along the trail for adult and kid hikers to enjoy. Please remember to recreate responsibly by picking up after your pets, staying on the trail, and carrying out your trash to keep the lake litter-free.

Information: Cynthia May, cmay@cob.org

Credit: Kristin Lunderville

Self-Guided Stormwater Discovery Tours

September 11 - 19

Week-Long Event

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Follow the path of rain after it falls! 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.

You'll find tour sites in 5 areas of Bellingham: Squalicum Creek Park, Bloedel Donovan Park, the Railroad Trail, Fairhaven, and Downtown Bellingham. Visit stormwater.cob.org to start exploring! Let our mobile-friendly site be your guide with maps, historical photos, and underground drawings that uncover the mysteries of these unassuming stormwater features working hard to protect our waters

Run with the Chums

September 11

9:30am - 12:30 pm

Join the Chums of Terrell Creek to celebrate Healthy Water, Healthy Habitat and Healthy People at the 9th Annual Run with the Chums 5K Fun Run! There will be three 5K start times this year (9:30am, 10:00am, & 10:30am) to safely spread out the participants. A Kids Smolt Sprint Obstacle Course will start 15min before each start time. Registration is free, and all ages are welcome! 

Register Here: https://whatcomcd.org/run-with-the-chums.

Register for your start time, before September 3rd to receive your FREE Run with the Chums t-shirt on race day (sizes available while supplies last)! Race day registration will also be available.

Salmon Sighting

September 11 and September 12

11:00am - 2:00 pm

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Celebrate the biennial return of Pacific pink salmon by joining NSEA naturalists along Thompson Creek in Glacier, WA. Viewing opportunities are open-house style as well as free, fun and family-friendly. Salmon-themed activities and prizes await! Anyone and everyone is invited to join us, we just ask that you please leave dogs at home.

Contact: Sarah Brown, sbrown@n-sea.org

Bellingham Water Treatment Plan Tour

September 14

10:00am - 11:00am


What to know all the steps it takes for water to go from Lake Whatcom to your faucet to fill up your glass of water? Tour the City of Bellingham’s Water Treatment Plant, located near Whatcom Falls Park, and see all the steps it takes to ensure your drinking water is clean. The tour will include a guided walk through the treatment plant, including viewing the dissolved air flotation pre-treatment 2018 upgrade, and a Q &A session with plant operators and the laboratory.
Participants should expect climbing up and down stairs, walking and standing for one hour. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required for tour.
This is a locked facility; tour will start outside the Water Treatment Plant gate. Please RSVP by emailing
alreiter@cob.org or calling 360-778-7974

Bellingham Wastewater Treatment Plan Tour

Do you wonder what happens to your laundry water, the food you grind up in your garbage disposal, or the toothpaste you spit into your bathroom sink? Come tour the City of Bellingham’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, located in Fairhaven. See how the City cleans and sanitizes wastewater and learn about the future plans for the Post Point Wastewater Resource Recovery Project. Tour will include a guided walk through the Wastewater Treatment plant and a Q&A session with plant operators and the laboratory.
Participants should expect stairs, uneven terrain, walking up to a mile and standing for one hour. Long pants and closed-toe shoes are required for tour.
Please RSVP by emailing
alreiter@cob.org or calling 360-778-7974

September 14

1:00pm - 2:30pm


Bellingham Public Works: Meet-A-Truck Event

Explore the big trucks of the City of Bellingham’s Public Works department that keep our water clean! Some of these normally busy big rigs will be pulled from duty and on display in front of City Hall at 210 Lottie Street any time between 1 and 3 pm on Thursday, September 16, 2021.
Community members, including children, are invited to come explore the trucks that keep our city’s water clean.

September 16

1:00pm - 3:00 pm

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Fish Trivia

Test your fish knowledge at NSEA's Fish Trivia!  All ages welcome, trivia starts promptly at 6:00pm. Up to five people per team, with a $5 donation per person. Awesome prizes for 1st through 3rd place.

Location: Zeek's Pizza, 2416 Meridian St., Bellingham

Contact: Sarah Brown, sbrown@n-sea.org

September 16

6:00pm - 8:00 pm

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