The Birch Bay watershed is located in the northwest corner of Whatcom County, near Ferndale and Blaine. The watershed includes the area draining to Terrell Creek and the adjacent uplands of Point Whitehorn and Birch Point. It is also home to a large unincorporated residential community and provides important fish and wildlife habitat and recreation opportunities. Birch Bay is a popular shellfish harvesting area, and the watershed is a focus area for fecal bacteria pollution prevention.
Whatcom County Council adopted the Birch Bay Comprehensive Stormwater Plan in 2006. The Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management (BBWARM) District is a Flood Control Zone District Subzone providing supplemental funding for Birch Bay stormwater management. Visit the BBWARM website for information on the Birch Bay watershed stormwater management program.