WWU professor to discuss Lake Whatcom water quality

The director of Western Washington University’s Institute for Watershed Studies will discuss the ongoing water-quality issues at Lake Whatcom during the next installment of the Huxley College of the Environment’s Speaker Series.

Robin Matthews, who is also a professor of environmental science at Huxley, will present her talk, titled “Lake Whatcom Water Quality: What’s Happening in My Lake,” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, in Room 105 of the Communications Facility on WWU’s campus. The presentation, which will include a question-and-answer period, is free and open to the public.

Since 1987, Matthews has been involved with monitoring water quality in Lake Whatcom, which provides drinking water to nearly 100,000 people in Whatcom County. In 1998, Lake Whatcom was officially listed on the Washington Department of Ecology’s 303(d) list of impaired waterways, and continues to suffer from a host of problems that have led to moratoriums on growth and development in the watershed.

In her talk, Matthews will present her perspective on 25 years of lake monitoring, and address the following questions: What are the scientific data that form the basis for listing the lake? Why were the data so controversial?

Matthews’ research interests include freshwater ecology and ecological data analysis. Her current research programs focus on monitoring surface water quality in Northwest Washington lakes and streams.

For more information, contact Huxley College at 360-650-3520.

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