Technical and Financial Assistance for Improving Water Quality
In partnership with the Whatcom Conservation District, Whatcom County works with landowners to identify and implement community solutions to reduce fecal coliform bacteria levels. Through community engagement, technical assistance and incentive programs, a community sense of ownership and stewardship is developed for our local waterways.
Become Part of the Solution!
We are thankful to the many landowners who have already taken steps to improve and protect water quality in their neighborhood creeks. Simple actions that can make a big difference include:
Inspect and maintain your septic system
Clean up after your pets
Keep trash and pet food secure from wildlife
Collect, store and apply manure wisely
Plant trees and shrubs along your creek banks
Develop a farm plan with the Whatcom Conservation District
Fence animals out of creeks, ditches and swales
Actively manage pastures
Create protected heavy use areas
Attend an outreach and education event about water quality
There are a variety of options available to address problems, depending on the source of bacteria. Technical and financial resources are offered to landowners within focus areas to identify and fix bacteria sources on their property through voluntary efforts.
Technical and Financial Assistance for Agricultural Best Management Practices:
The WCD provides technical assistance to farmers and landowners to minimize the impacts of livestock operations on soil and water resources. Financial assistance may be available for some conservation practices.
On-Site Sewage System Operation & Maintenance (O&M) Program:
Qualifying homeowners are eligible to receive a rebate of up to $200 for septic system evaluation, pumping or equipment installation. The current rebate program is available to landowners in the North Lynden watershed.