The Chums of Terrell Creek are working closely with three partners to encourage good stewardship in the watershed. These partners have many resources to help area residents examine their properties and discover ways to protect and improve water quality and habitat in their waterways.

Whatcom Conservation District

Conservation Planning: The Whatcom Conservation District (WCD) can help area residents with small farm conservation planning and cost share funding for the installation of farm best management practices designed to protect water quality.

Streams and Wetlands: WCD also can supply native trees and shrubs to landowners for planting along waterways. They also can assist landowners with improving riparian areas along streams, wetlands and other waterways by planting native trees and shrubs at no cost to the landowner.

Whatcom Conservation District

6975 Hannegan Rd

Lynden, WA 98264

(360) 526-2381

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

Streams and Wetlands: The Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) can help residents improve their streams with riparian planting, fish passage barrier improvements, and other fish habitat enhancements. NSEA has been working to increase fish populations and improve Terrell Creek fish habitat for the last ten years.

Workparties: NSEA organizes volunteer opportunities to plant native trees in the watershed. This is a great way to learn about the stream and contribute to long term and sustainable improvements.

Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association

2445 E. Bakerview Rd

Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 671-0283

Whatcom County

Monitoring: Whatcom County Water Resources staff monitor and track water quality throughout the Terrell Creek watershed and Birch Bay. Monitoring results help to guide outreach and restoration efforts.

On-site Septic Systems: The Whatcom County Health Department assists landowners with septic system inspections and facilitates low interest loans when septic systems must be repaired.

Stormwater: The Birch Bay Watershed & Aquatic Resources Management District works with area residents and developers to manage stormwater runoff to prevent flooding and to ensure that stormwater does not transport pollutants to Terrell Creek and Birch Bay.

Whatcom County Public Works

Natural Resources

322 N. Commercial St.

Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 676-6876

Whatcom County Health Department

Environmental Health Division

509 Girard St.

Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 676-6724

Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management District

322 N. Commercial St.

Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 715-7450

The Chums work with many other organizations towards the common goal of improved water quality and healthy fish and shellfish habitat. Other partners include: British Petroleum, Birch Bay Water and Sewer District, Marine Resources Committee, Birch Bay State Park, and the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.