Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committees

Purpose

There are two Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committees: Drayton Harbor and Portage Bay. The advisory committee for the Birch Bay Shellfish Protection District is the Birch Bay Watershed and Aquatic Resources Management Advisory Committee (BBWARM). The purpose of the shellfish protection districts is to provide services to citizens experiencing nonpoint pollution of surface water drainages and coastal waters and to implement those portions of the Drayton Harbor, Portage Bay, and Birch Bay closure response strategies necessary to allow removal of the Drayton Harbor, Portage Bay, and Birch Bay downgrades and maintain year-round shellfish harvest. The duties of the Advisory Committees are to advise the County Council on the proposed actions and operations relating to the restoration of water quality in these watersheds.

Meetings

  • Joint Drayton Harbor and Portage Bay Meetings are generally held quarterly, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., on the last Wednesday of January, April, July, and October. Special meetings are held as needed.
  • Hybrid meetings are held remotely via Zoom and in person in the Garden Level Conference Room at 322 N. Commercial St., Bellingham

Members

Each advisory committee has 11 members, including two positions available for tribal representation.  Nine members are appointed by the County Council 

Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee

    • Richard Beauregard
    • George Kaas
    • Heather Christianson
    • Julie Hirsch
    • Kurt Baumgarten
    • Patricia Lulu
    • Ravyn Whitewolf
    • Charlie Hawkins
    • Vacant
    • Tribal representative, vacant
    • Tribal representative, vacant

Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District Advisory Committee

    • Christine Woodward
    • Albert de Boer
    • Fred Likkel
    • Alan Chapman
    • Dorie Belisle
    • Vacant
    • Vacant
    • Vacant
    • Vacant
    • Tribal representative, vacant
    • Tribal representative, vacant

Specifications

Applicants must be property owners who reside within the Shellfish Protection District and have a direct interest the district.

Vacancies

Term Information

    • 4 year terms, upon removal of the Drayton Harbor downgrade, or the district is dissolved by legislative ordinance. 
    • 2 term limit, 1 year separation required after 2 terms before eligible to reapply

Authority