Beginning in June 2015 with the opening of the Lake Whatcom watershed work window, Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham began jointly constructing new stormwater facilities in the Academy sub-basin to reduce phosphorus loading and treat stormwater runoff from approximately 76 acres of residential area.
The project consists of installation and construction of water quality treatment facilities including a Filterra and media filtration system with installation of piping, catch basins, and pre-treatment vaults. This project will implement a dual treatment system that removes a higher percentage of phosphorus compared to the standard system. The majority of work will be completed before the watershed window closes on September 30, 2015. Subsequent effectiveness monitoring will occur for two years post-construction.
Wilson Engineering was contracted to assist with project design development, permitting, and surveying of the Academy Road Stormwater Improvements project. On May 12, 2015, the construction contract in the amount of $747,385 was awarded to Razz Construction through a competitive bid process. The project is funded with local funds as well as grants from Washington State Department of Ecology.
The Academy Road Stormwater Improvements project is a priority capital project in the Lake Whatcom Comprehensive Stormwater Plan as well as for the City of Bellingham and is listed as Item No. 1 on the 2015-2020 Six-Year Water Resources Improvement Program.