Time to Celebrate Whatcom Water Week!

From Mount Baker to the Salish Sea, Whatcom County’s beauty and vitality is found in our forests, pastures, rivers and streams and the places we work and call home. This beauty and vitality exists because of one our most treasured resources – water.  Water is critical to our environment, economy and our cultural well-being. Without plenty of clean water, we stand to lose many of the things in life we value.  Water – it’s everybody’s business.  Let’s celebrate it!  Events run September 14 – 22, 2019.  ​For complete and up-to-date event information go to www.waterweeks.org

September 14, 2019

  • Run with the Chums 5k Fun Run/Walk & 1k Smolt Sprint
    10:00am-Noon, BP Highlands 5042 Grandview, Blaine
    Run with the Chums is a fun and free event for all ages as part of Whatcom Water Week.
    1k kids Smolt Sprint at 10:00 am (all racers receive a ribbon)
    5k Chum Run at 10:30am
  • Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association- Salmon Sighting
    10:00 am – Noon:  Celebrate the biennial return of Pacific pink salmon by joining NSEA naturalists along Thompson Creek in the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest. Light refreshments, activities and prizes provided. Please leave dogs at home.
  • International Coastal Cleanup – Locust Beach and Semiahmoo Spit
    10:00 am- Noon:  Light snacks and refreshments will be provided along with cleanup equipment- just bring yourself and dress for the weather on the beach! For Locust Beach, join us at the parking lot on the right off Locust Ave or find us on the beach. For Semiahmoo, meet us at the parking lot on your first left when you get to the park. Look out for sandwich board signs to help find your way.
  • Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association- River Walk
    3:00 pm- 4:00 pm:  Join NSEA naturalists during a 60-minute guided trail walk along the Nooksack River to learn about local salmon species and their habitat! Fun for all ages, the River Walk will depart from Horseshoe Bend Trail in the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest and travel for approximately 1 mile along the beautiful North Fork Nooksack River.

September 16, 2019

  • Pickford Cinema Movie Screening – Mr. Toilet
    5:45 pm
  • Little Storytime – Bellingham Public Library –
    10:05 – 10:35, 10:35 – 11:05, and 11:05 – 11:35 a.m.
    Storytime is located in the Dodson Room at the Central Library. All stories will be related to water.
  • Preschool Storytime – Bellingham Public Library
    2:00 – 2:45 or 3:00 – 3:45
    For ages 3 – 5 with an adult partner. Enjoy stories, songs, fingerplays, movement and a simple craft. Storytime is located in the Dodson Room at the Central Library. All stories will be related to water.

September 17, 2019

  • Garden of the Salish Sea Kids Workshop
    2:15 – 4:00 PM (after school activity):  Island Library, Lummi Island: Garden of the Salish Sea Kids Workshop: Paint shells, play games, and learn about life in the Salish Sea.
  • Neighborhood Stream Tour – Padden Creek
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
    Have you ever wanted to learn more about the stream in your neighborhood, including which fish and wildlife call the stream home, what projects have been completed to restore the stream, and what you can do to help? Well, now you can! The community is invited to join the City of Bellingham staff on three guided, 60-minute tours of our local urban streams during Whatcom Water Week. No cost, no RSVP necessary, all ages welcome.  We will meet near the pavilion in Fairhaven Park (107 Chuckanut Drive North). The pavilion is the brown building on the left as you enter the park off Chuckanut Drive.

September 18, 2019

  • City of Lynden Water Treatment Plant Tour
    12:00 pm -2:00 pm, 524 Riverview Road Lynden, WA
  • Neighborhood Stream Tour – Squalicum Creek
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:  Meet at the Sunset Pond parking lot (3430 James Street).

September 19, 2019

  • Bellingham Water Treatment Plant Tour
    9:30-11:00 am:  Get an inside look at how our drinking water goes from Lake Whatcom to your tap. Join us for a 1.5-hour tour of Bellingham’s Water Treatment Plant in Whatcom Falls Park.  Participants must be able to walk approx. 1 mile and travel up and down stairs. Advance notice is required for accessible tours and accommodations. Children 8 years and older are welcome with an adult. Please RSVP to NReducation@cob.org for directions and instructions.
  • Preschool Storytime – Bellingham Public Library
    10:15-10:45 am or 11:00-11:30 am
  • Whatcom Land Trust – Maple Creek Reach Tour
    10:00am – 1:00pm:  Naturalist-led two-mile walk through Land Trust-restored forested wetland and wildlife habitat with an opportunity to see spawning salmon in Maple Creek. Families welcome but please leave dogs at home. Bring snacks and water. Location: Maple Falls. Parking and details will be provided to those who pre-register.  Event is free but space is limited and pre-registration required to Jennifer McKay jennifer@whatcomlandtrust.org
  • Bellingham Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour
    12:00- 1:30 pm:  Get an inside look at how we treat wastewater after it goes down your drain before we release it into Bellingham Bay. Join us for a 1.5-hour tour of Bellingham’s Wastewater Treatment Plant in Fairhaven. Participants must be able to walk approx. 1 mile and travel up and down stairs. Advance notice is required for accessible tours and accommodations. Children 8 years and older are welcome with an adult. Please RSVP to NReducation@cob.org for directions and instructions.
  • Whatcom Museum – Astonishing Streams!
    2:00 pm-4:00 pm:  Behind Old City Hall, learn how streams develop. This free, drop-in activity will show students (and adults!) how streams change and flow over time.
  • Time for Tales – Bellingham Public Library
    2:00-2:45 pm:  For ages 4 – 8 with younger siblings welcome. Enjoy stories, songs, and a fun craft! Storytime is located in the Dodson Room at the Central Library. All stories will be related to water.
  • Neighborhood Stream Tour – Whatcom Creek
    6:00 pm – 7:00 pm:  Meet at the Geri Fields parking lot (off of Puget Street at the corner of Puget and Fraser
  • Shared Waters, Challenges, and Solutions
    6:00-8:30 pm: Short talks that just might change how you look at water.  The Whatcom Watersheds Information Network in association with the WRIA 1 Management Team and Ag Water Board is hosting an evening of short talks on critical water topics. This event includes short talks to explore the status of water for fish and people, why it matters, and possible solutions to address challenges for meeting these needs.  After the talks, explore the topics in more detail by talking to the speakers and visiting with the many partners working on solutions. Light refreshments available. Register here for this free eventProgram details.

September 21, 2019

  • City of Bellingham Parks and Recreation – Saturday Work Party at Whatcom Creek by City Hall
    10:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association- River Walk
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm:  Join NSEA naturalists during a 60-minute guided trail walk along the Nooksack River to learn about local salmon species and their habitat! Fun for all ages, the River Walk will depart from Horseshoe Bend Trail in the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest and travel for approximately 1 mile along the beautiful North Fork Nooksack River.
  • Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association- Salmon Sighting
    10:00 am – Noon:  Celebrate the biennial return of Pacific pink salmon by joining NSEA naturalists along Thompson Creek in the Mt. Baker – Snoqualmie National Forest. Light refreshments, activities and prizes provided. Please leave dogs at home.
  • Bellingham SeaFeast
    Saturday September 21,  Downtown Bellingham and Squalicum Harbor
    Sunday, September 22, Zuanich Point Park and Squalicum Harbor
    Come Eat & Play. A memorable gathering for family and friends. This event provides education, fun and food fare of the surrounding bay and straits September 21 and 22.  Admission is FREE.  For event schedule and information visit www.bellinghamseafeast.org

​For complete event information about Whatcom Water Week go to www.waterweeks.org