Natural Resource staff provides technical assistance to advisory committees and other county departments and collaborates with local, tribal, state, and federal agencies and citizen groups to recover water quality and shellfish growing areas in Whatcom County.
Shellfish Protection Districts
The Revised Code of Washington (RCW) Chapter 90.72 requires that the county legislative authority create a shellfish protection district within 180 days after the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) closes or downgrades a shellfish growing area due to a degradation of water quality. There are 3 Shellfish Protection Districts that have been established in Whatcom County:
The Washington State Department of Health prepares annual reviews for commercial shellfish growing areas that describe the current status of each area and marine water quality data. Links to the 2013 Annual Growing Area Reviews for Whatcom County are provided here: