Clean water is an invaluable resource in our community. Not only is it essential for human health, but also for the health of fish, shellfish, wildlife, and livestock. It also provides irrigation for crops and a safe place for water-based recreation.
However, did you know that at the end of 2016 only 30% of monitoring sites in Whatcom County were meeting water quality standards for bacterial pollution? This is a significant and complex issue. Ensuring clean water for our community requires everyone to be part of the solution.
Pollution Identification & Correction (PIC) Program
The PIC Program was created to help implement community solutions for clean water.
Whatcom County Public Works uses water quality monitoring data to identify priority areas for improvement programs and provides community outreach and education, technical and financial assistance for landowners, and coordination with County departments and other agencies to identify and address potential bacteria sources.
Visit the pages listed on the menu to the left to learn more about sources of bacterial pollution, water quality monitoring efforts, water quality status in Whatcom County and opportunities for community members to get involved. See our Technical and Financial Assistance page for information on our Septic Maintenance Rebate Program and other resources to assist you in correcting pollution sources and improving water quality.
Water quality is monitored at roughly 90 stations throughout the coastal drainages of Whatcom County. Samples are collected on at least a monthly basis and analyzed for fecal coliform bacteria. Results are evaluated annually to identify focus areas with the greatest water quality problems. Within the focus areas, individual creek segments are monitored more closely to determine all potential bacteria sources.