Public meeting to focus on Lake Whatcom protection efforts March 21

Policy makers from the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District will be briefed on major 2012 initiatives to protect Lake Whatcom at a joint meeting on March 21 at Bellingham City Hall.

The annual Lake Whatcom Management Program Joint Councils and Commission meeting is scheduled for 6 – 8:30 p.m. March 21 in the Bellingham City Council Chambers, City Hall, 210 Lottie Street. The meeting will be filmed and later aired on BTV10.

This year’s meeting represents further engagement by the Whatcom County Council, the Bellingham City Council and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Commission in efforts to meet requirements to reduce pollution in the Lake Whatcom Reservoir and to maintain clean, safe drinking water for more than 90,000 residents of Whatcom County.

Members of the three legislative bodies will be briefed by staff on major 2011 Lake Whatcom Management Program accomplishments and recommendations for next steps, including:

  • Stormwater projects planned for 2012 that represent a substantial investment in diverting polluted groundwater from entering the reservoir.
  • Stormwater projects in the planning stages through 2014, including funding needs and options.
  • Proposed plans and funding options for preventing further infestations of invasive species, including increased outreach and options for boat inspections.

These discussions will prepare policy makers as they begin to deliberate on policy options and budget proposals for 2013.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with an information open house, followed by the joint Councils/Commissioners meeting at 6:30 p.m. Time at the meeting will be allotted for public comment. Meeting agenda and other materials will be posted on the Lake Whatcom Management Program website.

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