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Posted on: April 26, 2022

Business Personal Property Listings Due Date Extended to Monday May 2

Everyone who uses personal property in a business must complete a personal property listing every year and submit to the Assessor’s Office by April 30. Since April 30, 2022 is on a Saturday this year the Assessor’s Office has extended the due date to Mond...

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Posted on: February 11, 2022

2022 Property Tax Information

The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office is responsible for annually updating assessed values for all real and taxable personal property in Whatcom County, and calculating levy rates for all taxing districts for property tax purposes.

The 2021 assess...

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Posted on: February 2, 2022

Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office are beginning field inspections

Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office are beginning field inspections. The current annual inspection area for revaluation in 2022, is Cycle Area 1 (see revaluation inspection areas webpage). Every year 1/6th of the properties in the county are i...

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Posted on: November 19, 2021

Property damaged by flooding may qualify for a reduction in assessed value

Property damaged by flooding may qualify for a reduction in assessed value. The completed Destroyed Property Claim form should be returned to the Assessor’s office.

Destroyed property forms can be obtained on the Assessor's website here....

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Posted on: October 13, 2021

2021 Change of Value Notices

The 2021 Change of Value Notices were mailed October 8, 2021. State law requires County Assessors to appraise every property annually, with an effective assessment date of January 1st for most properties, and July 31st for new construction. Change of Valu...

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Posted on: February 25, 2021

2021 Property Tax Information

The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office is responsible for annually updating assessed values for all real and taxable personal property in Whatcom County, and calculating levy rates for all taxing districts for property tax purposes.

The 2020 revaluation asse...

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Posted on: January 12, 2021

2021 Property Inspections

Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office are beginning field inspections. The current annual inspection area for revaluation in 2021, is Cycle Area 6 (see inspection area map). Every year 1/6th of the properties in the county are inspected, and the remaining...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

2020 Change of Value Notices

The 2020 Change of Value Notices were mailed November 19, 2020. State law requires County Assessors to appraise every property annually, with an effective assessment date of January 1st for most properties, and July 31st for new construction. Change of Va...

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Posted on: October 29, 2020

Assessor Introduces GIS Tax Parcel Viewer

The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office has launched an online Tax Parcel Viewer based on ArcGIS software. The GIS map provides access to tax parcels and related assessment information.

“I am glad we are able to make this tool available an...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Limited In-Office Services Available by Appointment

In order to protect both citizens and the staff, appointments will be limited to reduce the number of people in the office. Further protections include required face masks for all individuals in the courthouse, public and staff, plexiglass at all the cust...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Appraisers Starting On-Site New Construction Inspections

Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office are starting on-site new construction inspections for properties issued building permits within the last year. Appraisers are following the rules and recommendations of the Governor and Whatcom County Health...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

2020 Property Tax Information Statement

The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office is responsible for annually updating assessed values for all real and taxable personal property in Whatcom County, and calculating levy rates for all taxing districts for property tax purposes.

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Legislative Update

The Washington State Legislature has passed ESSB 5160. The new law increases the income thresholds for qualifying Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons in the Property Tax Exemption and Property Tax Deferral Programs. Under the new legislation, the 2019 qu...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Property Revaluation News

The Washington State Department of Revenue has approved the Assessor’s Office’s  Annual Real Property Revaluation program. Annually, 1/6th of the county will be physically inspected and the whole county will be statistically r...

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Posted on: November 15, 2021

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Posted on: September 12, 2022

September 28 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Variant-specific COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Available in Whatcom County

Anyone 12 and older can now get the new Moderna and Pfizer booster shot that helps to protect against the COVID-19 Omicron variants. These new booster shots are coming to local pharmacies soon and will be offered at our pop-up clinic this Friday, Sept. 9,...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

Seasonal Closure Notice for Lake Samish, Whatcom and Padden Watersheds

PARCELS WITHIN THE LAKE WHATCOM, LAKE SAMISH, AND LAKE PADDEN WATERSHEDS

Please note that due to the seasonal watershed closure from October 1st through May 31st, WCC 20.51.410(3) and WCC 20.80.735(2) prohibit Whatcom County from issuing permits w...

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Posted on: August 19, 2022

Changes Coming to Whatcom County's COVID-19 Data Dashboard

We will soon make changes to the COVID-19 data dashboard on our website. A lot has changed since the pandemic started more than two years ago, and some aspects of the dashboard are not useful anymore. Other information is now easily avai...

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Posted on: August 18, 2022

North Whatcom County Beaches Reopened for Shellfish Harvesting

Recent testing shows that paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) biotoxin levels are now low enough to reopen north Whatcom County areas from Sandy Point to Point Roberts for shellfish harvesting. Areas south of Sandy Point remain at toxic levels and harvest...

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Posted on: August 18, 2022

Flood Response Update

Nooksack River flood Lynden

Are you curious about what’s been happening in response to the November 2021 floods and what’s being done to prepare for future floods? We have been working with numerous partners to repair flood damage and take action to prepare for future floods. Visit ...

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Posted on: July 25, 2022

County Accepting Lodging Tax Tourism Grant Applications

Whatcom County is accepting applications for tourism promotion grants to promote eligible tourism and cultural activities during 2023. Grants are awarded through a competitive process. The deadline is August 25 at 4:30 p.m.

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Posted on: March 4, 2022

Joint Proclamation for the People of Ukraine

Executive Sidhu and Mayor Fleetwood have jointly proclaimed solidarity to the people of Ukraine on behalf of Whatcom County and the City of Bellingham.

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Posted on: September 15, 2022

How to Report At-Home COVID-19 Test Results

People can now report the results of an at-home COVID-19 test at https://safercovid.org/mytest/. People can report both positive and negative results for themselves or a family member. 

In the past, people had to call the Washington State Departme...

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Posted on: September 13, 2022

Health Department Urges Preventative Measures as Whatcom Sees Second Monkeypox Case

A person in their 20s has become the second Whatcom County resident with confirmed Monkeypox Virus (MPV). This person was not hospitalized and is isolating at home. We are working to identify anyone who may be a close contact of this person. 

It i...

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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Variant-specific COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Availability in Whatcom County

Anyone 12 and older can now get the new Moderna and Pfizer booster shot that helps to protect against the COVID-19 Omicron variants. These new booster shots are coming to local pharmacies soon and will be offered at our pop-up clinic this Friday, Sept. 9,...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

September Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Where to get vaccinated. Children 5 years and older, adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you would go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Grocery stores and pharmaci...

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Posted on: August 31, 2022

COVID-19 Testing Moves from Bellingham Airport to Avero Diagnostics Drive-Through

Today, Aug. 31, our testing partner, Avero Diagnostics (formerly Northwest Laboratory) will end drive-through COVID-19 tests at the Bellingham International Airport community site. Avero Diagnostics  will continue to offer this service at their M...

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Posted on: August 22, 2022

Upcoming Whatcom County Health Department Office Closures

In the coming weeks, there will be several days when our offices will be closed to the public while several of our programs move from one building to another. Most of our programs will continue to be available via phone and email on these days - only our ...

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Posted on: August 19, 2022

Changes Coming Next Week to Whatcom's COVID-19 Data Dashboard

We will soon make changes to the COVID-19 data dashboard on our website. A lot has changed since the pandemic started more than two years ago, and some aspects of the dashboard are not useful anymore. Other information is now easily avai...

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Posted on: August 18, 2022

North Whatcom County Beaches Reopened for Shellfish Harvesting

Recent testing shows that paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) biotoxin levels are now low enough to reopen north Whatcom County areas from Sandy Point to Point Roberts for shellfish harvesting. Areas south of Sandy Point remain at toxic levels and harvest...

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Posted on: August 12, 2022

Anatoxin Biotoxin Found at High Levels in Wiser Lake

BELLINGHAM WA – Recent sampling at Wiser Lake detected anatoxin, a toxin produced by algae, at levels that may be harmful to people and pets. Residents are advised to avoid water contact at Wiser Lake and not allow pets to swim in or drink from the lake.

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Posted on: August 11, 2022

How to Access Urgent and Emergency Care for Veterans

Calling all US Military Veterans! You can access urgent care right here in Bellingham/Whatcom County without going to a VA clinic. 

If you are registered with the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), here is how you can access urgent and emerge...

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Posted on: August 3, 2022

Health Department Investigating First Monkeypox Virus Case in Whatcom County

On Monday we sent you a message that Whatcom County could see our first case of monkeypox virus (MPV) very soon, and now we can confirm that a Whatcom County resident has a confirmed case of MPV. 

A person in their 50s tested positive yes...

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Posted on: August 2, 2022

August Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Where to get vaccinated. Children 5 years and older, adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you would go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Grocery stores and pharmaci...

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Posted on: August 1, 2022

Here’s What We Know Right Now about Monkeypox

You may have heard or seen reports in the news about a virus called Monkeypox that is circulating in the U.S. and in Washington State. Right now, we do not have any confirmed cases of Monkeypox (MPV) in Whatcom County, but we may see our first case of thi...

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

Health Department Releases Analysis of Whatcom’s First Two Years With COVID-19

Today we released an analysis of local COVID-19 data for the first two years of the pandemic, from March 2020 through February 2022. The report focuses on four major focus areas: confirmed cases, hospitalizations, deaths, and vaccinations. 

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Posted on: July 29, 2022

New Hours At COVID-19 Community Testing Site Start Monday, Aug. 1

Starting Monday, Aug. 1, the COVID-19 community testing site at the Bellingham Airport will have reduced weekday operating hours and will be closed on weekends. This change is due to decreased demand for testing services.

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Posted on: July 28, 2022

How to Get a Free COVID-19 Treatment Consultation

Do you have COVID-19? Speak with a provider to see if treatment is right for you. 

The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) offers same day or next day virtual appointments for anyone who wants to speak to a medical professional about COVID...

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Posted on: July 22, 2022

2022 Homelessness Count Shows Modest Reduction After Record Highs in 2021

The Whatcom County Health Department, in partnership with the Opportunity Council, published the 2022 Point in Time (PiT) Homelessness Count report today, Friday, July 22. The report provides a snapshot of persons experiencing homelessness in Whatcom Coun...

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Posted on: July 21, 2022

Food System Plan Community Listening Session Saturday, July 24

Our Food System Committee is partnering with local nonprofits to host a community listening session from noon to 2pm this Sunday, July 24, at Shuksan Middle School. Come share your thoughts and opinions on what should be included in Whatcom County’s next ...

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Posted on: July 18, 2022

Introducing The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline debuted Saturday, July 16. This free and confidential 24/7 national lifeline connects people in need to the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. 

People can use the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline for ...

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Posted on: July 5, 2022

Now's the Time to Prepare for Smoke Season

Now is the time to prepare for smoke season! Do not wait until unhealthy air is in the forecast because you risk not being able to find what you need. Here are some things to do now to prepare for smoke season later this summer:

  • Stock up on N95 and similar...
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Posted on: July 1, 2022

Hot Safety Tips for a Cool 4th of July Weekend

As we celebrate Independence Day with friends and family, here are a few safety tips for your outdoor barbecue or fireworks experience:

Food-Borne Illnesses 

If you are on grill duty, make sure you are storing and cooking your food properly and was...

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Posted on: June 21, 2022

COVID-19 Vaccines for Children 6 Months and Older Now Approved

COVID-19 vaccines are now approved for children as young as six months old. Not all clinics and providers are ready right now to administer the vaccine, and we ask that parents remain patient as providers work through the initial rush for vaccination, now...

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Posted on: June 3, 2022

Upcoming June Pop-up COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Where to get vaccinated. COVID-19 vaccines are available for adolescents, teens and adults at most places that offer flu vaccines such as grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Some of these providers also vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds. There ...

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Posted on: May 27, 2022

Whatcom Back in CDC’s ‘Medium’ Risk Category

Whatcom County is back in the ‘Medium’ category on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community Level dashboard. Our case rates are increasing as we head into the long Memorial Day weekend. Take steps to reduce your risk and have a safer holiday:

  • Wearing a mask is not req...
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Posted on: May 25, 2022

New Weekend Hours At COVID-19 Community Testing Site Start May 28

Starting Saturday, May 28, the COVID-19 community testing site at the Bellingham International Airport will have reduced morning operating hours on weekends. Testing hours Monday through Friday will not change.

 

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Posted on: May 24, 2022

Children Ages 5-11 Now Eligible for Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Booster Dose

Children ages 5-11 are now eligible to receive a single Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine booster in Washington State.

  • If your child has a healthy immune system, they can get their booster at least five (5) months after their primary series.
  • If your child ha...
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Posted on: May 20, 2022

The CDC’s COVID-19 dashboard shows Whatcom at ‘low’ risk. The reality is more nuanced.

You may have noticed that the CDC has moved Whatcom County back to ‘low’ on their COVID-19 dashboard. The reality is that our case rates continue to hover on the border between low and medium based on CDC criteria. The agency’s dashboard currently shows W...

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Posted on: May 19, 2022

COVID-19 drugs work best when taken at the start of illness

If you're at increased risk of severe COVID-19 and test positive, start drug treatments right away

For people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19, drugs are available that can reduce your chances of severe illness and death...

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Posted on: May 13, 2022

Avian Influenza detected in Whatcom County backyard flock; Prevention important for domestic birds

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has confirmed Whatcom County’s first case of avian influenza in a backyard flock. Bird owners should take measures now to prevent contact between their animals and wild birds to prevent infection. Peop...

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Posted on: May 6, 2022

Whatcom moves from low to medium on CDC's COVID-19 tracker: Get tips on how to stay healthy

The CDC has moved Whatcom County from low to medium on its COVID-19 Community Tracker. Here are some important steps you and your family can take to stay healthy, protect our most vulnerable, and slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community:

  • Stock...
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Posted on: May 4, 2022

So, what do you do when your at-home COVID-19 test is positive?

Report your positive home test by calling the Washington State Department of Health at 1-800-525-0127. This hotline is staffed seven days a week. Mondays 6 am - 10 pm and Tuesdays through Sundays 6 am - 6 pm.

Isolate yourself away from others, including ot...

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Posted on: May 3, 2022

Suspected botulism death in Washington State; Learn more about safe canning

A man is suspected of dying from botulisum poisoning after eating food canned at home. This tragic incident is a reminder to always follow safety precautions when processing home-canned foods.

It can be hard to tell if home-canned food is ...

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Posted on: April 29, 2022

Updates to Whatcom County Health Department Community Pop-up Vaccination Clinics

Starting in May, the Whatcom County Health Department will adjust operations at Whatcom County hosted pop-up COVID-19 vaccination clinics to better align with current demand. This means there will be fewer clinics in May. Signage will be provided to all c...

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Posted on: April 25, 2022

Free One Day Health Fair at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center Planned for May 21

On Saturday, May 21, the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center will transform into a healthcare center, offering community members free health, vision, and dental services at the Catherine Mahaffey East Whatcom Wellness Fair. Lo...

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Posted on: April 22, 2022

Upcoming Pop up COVID Vaccine Clinics, 4/22/22

Where to get vaccinated. Adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you’d go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Some of these providers also vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds. There are...

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Posted on: April 15, 2022

Whatcom County COVID Update for 4/15/22

These updates will include COVID-19 news, summarize publicly available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Currently, this report covers the month of Ma...

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Posted on: April 14, 2022

Whatcom County Health Department Launches New COVID-19 Data Dashboard

On Thursday, April 14, the Whatcom County Health Department debuted a new COVID-19 Data Dashboard, replacing the previous dashboard on the Whatcom County COVID-19 Data page. The dashboard provides summary information on COVID-19 in Whatcom County. The das...

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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Upcoming Pop up COVID Vaccine Clinics 4/8/22

Where to get vaccinated. Adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you’d go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Some of these providers also vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds....

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Posted on: April 8, 2022

Whatcom County Health Department Launches New Response Division

On Friday, April 1st, the Whatcom County Health Department officially launched its Response Systems Division, a new division focused on serving people in mental or behavioral health crises and building infrastructure to provide coordinated services. The d...

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Posted on: April 1, 2022

Whatcom County COVID Update for 4/1/22

These updates will include COVID-19 news, summarize publicly available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Currently, our updates and external...

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Posted on: March 29, 2022

What We Know About BA.2

BA.2 is the new COVID-19 variant on the block, a subvariant of Omicron. While we are still learning more, here’s some information about what we do know:

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Posted on: March 25, 2022

Upcoming pop-up vaccine clinics, March 25

A federal program that reimburses providers for vaccinating uninsured people is ending April 5. However, the health department's pop-up clinics are funded through a different program and will be able to vaccinate people without insurance at no cost throug...

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Posted on: March 18, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 3/18/22

These updates will include COVID-19 news, summarize publicly available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Currently, our updates and external data repo...

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Posted on: March 12, 2022

Pop-up vaccine clinics for the week of March 13

Where to get vaccinated. Adolescents, teens and adults can get vaccinated for COVID-19 at most places you’d go for a flu vaccine, like grocery stores, pharmacies and health care clinics. Some of these providers also vaccinate 5- to 11-year-olds. There are...

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Posted on: March 11, 2022

What to know about the March 12 mask mandate changes

On March 12, the statewide mask mandate will be lifted for many, but not all, places in Washington state. Here’s what you need to know.

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Posted on: March 4, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 3/4/22

These updates will include COVID-19 news, summarize publicly available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Beginning this week, these updates and our ex...

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Posted on: March 1, 2022

Change to Washington State Mask Requirements on March 12

On Saturday, March 12, Washington State will begin to relax its indoor mask requirements in response to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). COVID-19 cases and new hospitalizations have rapidly declined in the last f...

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Posted on: February 25, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 2/25/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Posted on: February 18, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 2/18/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Posted on: February 11, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 2/11/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Posted on: February 4, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 2/4/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

 

Each update will cover da...

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Posted on: January 28, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 1/28/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Posted on: January 26, 2022

Understanding COVID-19 At-Home Tests

Rapid Home Tests 

Now that rapid home tests from federal and state agencies are starting to arrive in people’s mailboxes, here’s a refresher on when to use them, how to understand the results, and what to do if you test positiv...

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Posted on: January 21, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 1/21/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Posted on: January 14, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 1/14/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Posted on: January 11, 2022

Back to Basics for the Omicron Surge

Whatcom County, we are in the Omicron surge. We are seeing several hundred cases every day and new daily and weekly records have been set and broken multiple times this week alone. It’s time to get Back to Basics and review what we know about CO...

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Posted on: January 7, 2022

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 1/7/22

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Posted on: December 30, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 12/30/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Posted on: December 30, 2021

Update #2 on the airport testing site: Dec. 30

Another update on the airport testing site, Dec 30: The airport testing site is open and Northwest Laboratory expects to operate through 6 p.m. as scheduled. If you have a scheduled appointment at the Meridian testing site, that is also open.

NWL also expe...

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Posted on: December 30, 2021

Update on the airport testing site: Dec. 30

Update on the airport testing site today, Dec. 30: the site is run by our testing partner, Northwest Laboratory. They are making decisions about whether the site is open or closed based on conditions at the site. We will update you as soon as we hear of a...

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Posted on: December 29, 2021

Extreme Cold Weather Forces Adaptive COVID-19 Test Scheduling

Due to various challenges related to the extreme cold weather, we’ve had to adjust the hours at the COVID-19 testing site we operate jointly with Northwest Laboratory:

  • The site will operate from 3 - 6 p.m. today, Dec. 29. Only people with an existing appoi...
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Posted on: December 21, 2021

Risk Reduction Checklist for Holiday Gatherings

Given the rapid spread of the Omicron variant, you may be wondering whether to go ahead with your holiday gathering plans. Omicron is highly transmissible, and immunity from previous COVID-19 infections or two-dose vaccination appears less effective at pr...

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Posted on: December 17, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 12/17/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

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Posted on: December 17, 2021

Whatcom County Health Department Looks Back on a Year of COVID-19 Vaccination

The first doses of COVID-19 vaccine were given in Whatcom County on December 18, 2020. Those 23 doses marked the beginning of a tremendous community effort by hundreds of health care workers, public health professionals, and volunteers to vaccinate Whatco...

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Posted on: December 10, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 12/10/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 12/3/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Posted on: November 29, 2021

The Omicron variant

Over the holiday weekend, news stories broke about a new coronavirus variant, Omicron. Because this is a new variant, it will be a few weeks before we know more about how transmissible it is, whether it causes more severe disease, and how much the vaccine...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: November 24, 2021

Taking care of your emotional health after a natural disaster

Dealing with the aftermath of a flood is, needless to say, a very stressful time. Taking care of you and your family’s mental and emotional health is a crucial step as you cope with cleanup and recovery.

Common reactions 

Many people have a range o...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 11/19/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: November 17, 2021

Changes to this week's pop-up vaccine clinics

Due to flooding and weather-related safety concerns, the Whatcom County Health Department announces the following changes to this week’s pop-up COVID-19 vaccine clinics:

  • The Nov. 18 vaccine clinic for ages 5 and older at the East Whatcom Regional Resource ...
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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: November 16, 2021

How to Stay Safe When You Can’t Stay Dry

Record rainfall has flooded much of Whatcom County, displacing many from their homes and causing a lot of damage. Flood water can also contaminate wells and septic systems and make you sick if you come into contact with it. Make sure you take care around ...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: November 12, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 11/12/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: November 9, 2021

Vaccine supply for 5- to 11-year-olds

COVID-19 vaccines have been available for 5- to 11-year-olds for just a week, and we know that there are many families who are looking for appointments for their children. Here’s what we know about the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine supply.

The vaccine supply ...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: November 5, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 11/5/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: November 3, 2021

Getting Your Child Vaccinated for COVID-19

Kids ages 5-11 are now eligible for COVID-19 vaccination! It’s natural and normal to ask questions about the big decisions you make on behalf of your children. Getting your child vaccinated against COVID-19 is no exception. That’s why we’ve put together s...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: November 2, 2021

Don’t Forget the Flu

You’ve heard all year how important the COVID-19 vaccine is for your health, and your community’s health too. But there’s another inoculation to take care of as we head into winter: the flu vaccine.

Thanks to COVID-19 protective measures like universal mas...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: November 1, 2021

If You’re Planning a Holiday Gathering, Plan to Limit Risk

If you’re planning on having family or friends over for the holidays, or if you’re planning to attend a gathering, take steps to limit the risk of COVID-19 transmission for yourself and the other guests. 

The first and best thing you can do is to ...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: October 29, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 10/29/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: October 25, 2021

What’s the Deal with Boosters and Third Doses Now?

After completing the FDA and CDC review processes, booster doses were authorized in Washington State last Friday, October 22, for people who finished their Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccination series. Previously, only certain Pfizer recipients wer...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: October 22, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 10/22/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: October 21, 2021

How to Have a Eerily Safe Halloween in 2021

Given the recent surge driven by the delta variant, it’s understandable to feel a little spooked about Halloween this year. It’s also understandable to want to dress up for a party or stock up on candy for all the trick-or-treaters you may not have seen l...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: October 19, 2021

Tips for Safe Holiday Travels

Traveling does increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19. Being fully vaccinated greatly reduces your risk of getting or spreading the COVID-19 virus. Even so, there’s still a small chance you can get or spread COVID-19 after vaccination, an...

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Health - Public Health News
Posted on: October 15, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for 10/15/21

In these updates, we will include news and updates, summarize publicly-available COVID-19 and vaccination data, and provide some context and details to help you understand what’s happening with COVID-19 in our community.

Each update will cover data for the...

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Health - Public Health News

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Posted on: August 2, 2021

Mask guidance in Whatcom County

After the June 30 reopening and reaching the 70% vaccination milestone in Whatcom County, it felt like we were home free and that the pandemic was over. Unfortunately, the coronavirus didn’t get the message. As the highly contagious Delta varian...

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Health - Vaccine Updates for Businesses
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Vaccine Update for Businesses 2.5.2021

During the week of February 1, providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 700 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 14,550 vaccine doses. 

See the graphic below for more vaccine data for...

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Health - Vaccine Updates for Businesses
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Vaccine Update for Businesses 1.29.21

The new B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the “UK variant,” has been reported in Snohomish and Pierce counties. While this is cause for concern, it is not cause for alarm. 

Here’s what we know so fa...

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Health - Vaccine Updates for Businesses
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Vaccine Update for Businesses 1.22.21

This week, Washington State Department of Health announced that individuals in Phase 1B Tier 1 are now eligible to be vaccinated. This opens up vaccinations to people 65 and older, and people who are 50 and older who live in multigenerat...

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Health - Vaccine Updates for Businesses
Posted on: January 15, 2021

COVID-19 Update for Businesses 1.15.2021

In the past week, Whatcom County has seen an alarming and sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. In the first 10 days of January, there were as many positive cases as there were for the entire month of December, which itself was a record-high...

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Health - Vaccine Updates for Businesses
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Vaccine Update for Businesses 1.8.2021

Right now, we are in Phase 1a of the state’s vaccine allocation plan, with a focus on the highest risk individuals such as frontline healthcare workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. There is cur...

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Health - Vaccine Updates for Businesses

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

COVID-19 Update for Schools 1.15.2021

Why are schools planning to bring more students back to in-person learning while case rates in Whatcom are high?

We understand why planning to bring more students back to in-person learning at a time when COVID-19 activity in our community has never been h...

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Health - Vaccine Updates for Schools
Posted on: January 8, 2021

Vaccine Update for K-12 Teachers and School Staff 1.8.2021

There have been many questions about when teachers and school staff can get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Because the COVID-19 vaccines are in limited supply, the state Department of Health (DOH) is using a phased approach to vaccine allocation. W...

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Posted on: September 2, 2022

Seasonal Watershed Closure Notice

PARCELS WITHIN THE LAKE WHATCOM, LAKE SAMISH, AND LAKE PADDEN WATERSHEDS

Please note that due to the seasonal watershed closure from October 1st through May 31st, WCC 20.51.410(3) and WCC 20.80.735(2) prohibit Whatcom County from issuing permits w...

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Planning & Development Services - Planning all departments

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Posted on: August 20, 2020

Shoreline Management Program Periodic Update Draft Amendment Available for Public Review

The draft amendments to Whatcom County’s Shoreline Management Program are being issued for public review prior to review by the Planning Commission, County Council, and Department of Ecology. Amendments are being proposed to various parts of the...

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Additional Info... Planning & Development Services – Shoreline Master Program Update 2020

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Posted on: August 26, 2022

Fire Marshal Burn Ban Reminder

Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office is reminding everyone that a Burn Ban is still in effect. Any small amount of predicted rain fall will not lessen the fire danger to the region. The weather forecast is calling for the temperatures remain high. In orde...

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Additional Info... Planning and Development Services - Burn Ban Information

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Posted on: August 18, 2021

Reminder: Birch Bay Chamber's Berm Celebration is from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, 8/21

The Birch Bay Chamber of Commerce Berm Celebration and Ribbon Cutting is from 11:30 am – 3:30 pm Saturday, Aug. 21. For more information on this event, visit their website

View the project summary poster below. Click here to view full screen.

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: March 19, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Largely Complete

Crews will put up signage, monitor plantings, and demobilize equipment. Thank you for your patience during this project! Please save the date of Saturday, Aug. 21, for a community celebration with the Birch Bay Chamber - follow the Chamber for details!

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: March 12, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for March 15-19

Drivers can expect minimal single lane closures from 7am-5pm, Monday-Thursday. Crews will install benches, finish pedestrian path work, and other projects. We want to remind everyone to please avoid damaging the plantings. They are expensive to replace.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: March 5, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for March 8-12

Crews will work 7am-5pm daily on a variety of tasks. Monday and Tuesday drivers should expect delays with lane closures for paving. Pedestrians, please stay off the new asphalt while it sets! Other work next week should have minimal impacts on traffic.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: February 25, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for March 1-5

Drivers should expect single-lane closures and periodic delays as crews cut asphalt, pave, add plantings, and install limestone trail on the west side of Birch Bay Drive from Cottonwood to Beach Way.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: February 19, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Feb. 22

Drivers can expect single-lane closures next week as crews work from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday on stormwater structures, sidewalk installation, and plantings on the berm.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: February 12, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for Feb. 15-19

Drivers can expect single-lane closures as contractors install sidewalk, dig swales, and install plantings. Please remember to stay away from both workers and construction areas for your safety!

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for Feb. 8-12

Drivers can expect infrequent single-lane closures from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. We ask pedestrians to give workers plenty of space, especially around the trail system! Workers will install plantings, install limestone on the trail, and pour sidewalks.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: January 29, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Feb. 1

Drivers should expect single-lane road closures daily. Contractors will import gravel and place it west of Birch Bay Drive, install plantings, and put in stormwater structures from 7am-5pm. On Thursday, work will include berm shaping from 5pm-3am.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: January 22, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the week of Jan. 25

Drivers can expect single-lane closures as construction continues from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday, installing swales, importing gravel west of the road, and planting. Crews will also work 5pm-3am on Thursday grading the berm north of Harborview Road.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: January 15, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Jan. 18

Drivers can expect periodic single-lane closures from 7am - 5 pm as Granite Construction imports gravel west of Birch Bay Drive, places limestone along the pedestrian path, and installs swales. Concrete curb and sidewalk will also be poured.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: January 14, 2021

Birch Bay Berm Performs Well During Jan. 13 Storm

before storm 01.13.2021

Last night’s storm with high tide and heavy wind was a good test of the structure of the berm. It performed as expected – excellent really. The berm was not damaged in the storm. A small amount of debris came through the berm near the ...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: January 7, 2021

Birch Bay Drive update for the week of Jan. 11

Granite Construction will work from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday placing gravel west of the road, pouring concrete sidewalk, and preparing the limestone path. Drivers should expect periodic single lane closures. Please stay away from construction areas.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 30, 2020

Birch Bay Drive update for the week of Jan. 4

The contractor will work from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday. Drivers can expect intermittent single lane closures near the Harborview intersection as workers form sidewalks, plant vegetation, and import gravel. Please stay away from all construction work.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 30, 2020

Birch Bay: Keep Your Berm Safe During New Year's Celebrations

As Birch Bay residents prepare for the annual Ring of Fire and Hope and the Polar Bear Plunge, we have a few tips to keep you and the construction site safe:

  • The beach area is still an active construction site. Stay away from all construction areas and equ...
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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 21-23

Crews will work from 7am-5pm Monday-Wednesday planting in the area north of the Bay Breeze Restaurant. No traffic impacts expected. No night work.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 11, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 14-18

Granite Construction crews will work 7am-5pm Monday-Friday on plantings, excavation, sidewalk grading, and topsoil placement. These activities will have minimal traffic impacts. Crews will also work nights 4pm-2am Monday-Thursday importing gravel and plac...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Correction: Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 7-11

A notice was sent out at approx. 9:23am with the title Marie Drive Construction Update for Dec. 7-11. This update was for Birch Bay Drive, not Marine Drive. Please accept our apologies for this error.

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: December 4, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 7-11

The week of Dec. 7-11, from 7am–5pm Monday-Friday, sidewalks and plantings will be installed. Our contractor, Granite, will install some stormwater structures and perform grading along the pedestrian path. This work will have minimal impacts on traffic. N...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: November 30, 2020

Birch Bay Drive update for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Nov. 30-Dec. 4 contractor crews will work both days and nights. Day shift 7am-5pm working on plantings and sidewalks, minimal traffic impacts. Night shift 4pm-2am importing gravel to place on the berm, with single-lane closures during those times.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: November 13, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Nov. 16

For the week of Nov. 16, the contractor, Granite Construction, will work 7am-5pm Monday-Friday pouring concrete for sidewalks and stairs, and night work 4pm-6am Monday-Thursday importing gravel. Drivers should expect single-lane closures.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: November 6, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for Nov. 9-13

For the week of Nov. 9, every day Granite will work from 7am to 5pm grading the path on the west side of Birch Bay Drive. Monday through Thursday, they will also work from 4pm to 2am delivering and importing gravel to the site.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: October 30, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Construction Includes Both Day and Night Work Nov. 2-6

The week of Nov. 2-6, Granite Construction will work from 4pm-2am Monday-Thursday, and 7am-5pm Thursday-Friday. Crews will install stormwater utilities and continue to import gravel west of the road. Be prepared for single-lane road closures.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: October 23, 2020

Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Update for the Week of Oct. 26

The week of Oct. 26-30 Granite will work from 5am-5pm. Dump trucks will bring in and deliver gravel throughout the project area, crews will install manholes and stormwater outfalls near the intersection of Cottonwood Drive and Birch Bay Drive, and work on...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Birch Bay Drive work shifts to 4pm-2am this week

The week of Oct. 19-23, Granite will work from 4pm to 2am. Drivers should expect single-lane closures. Dump trucks will deliver gravel along the west side of Birch Bay Drive. Please avoid the area to reduce your chances of being delayed by construction.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: October 9, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Project Update for Oct. 12-15

Drivers should expect single lane closures as Granite works from 5 am to 5 pm installing stormwater catch basins and storm sewer pipe west of Birch Bay Drive. The contractor will also clear vegetation and place gravel west of Birch Bay Drive. 

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: October 2, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for the Week of Oct. 5

Starting the week of Oct. 5, construction work will be from 7 am to 5 pm. Drivers should expect single lane closures Monday through Thursday. Crews with Granite Construction will deliver gravel and place it west of Birch Bay Drive, install a construction ...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: September 25, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Project Work Scheduled for the Week of Sept 28

Poor weather conditions postponed gravel paving between Lora Lane and the Bay Breeze Restaurant previously scheduled for Sept. 22-23. The week of Sept. 28 construction work will be from 5am-5pm. Granite will install stormwater catch basins along the weste...

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Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: September 21, 2020

Birch Bay Work Postponed between Lora Lane and the Bay Breeze Restaurant

Expected rain this week has postponed gravel paving between Lora Lane and the Bay Breeze Restaurant previously scheduled for Sept. 22-23. We had asked the public to stay away during construction, but restrictions are postponed until the work begins.

Public Works - Birch Bay Drive & Pedestrian Facility
Posted on: August 11, 2020

Restoration Project will Deliver Logs via Helicopter; Public Should Not Approach Operation

BELLINGHAM, WA – Residents in Birch Bay may see a low-flying helicopter carrying logs in the area of Terrell Creek between Kickerville Road and Jackson Road as part of fish habitat improvements to the waterway. The habitat improvements will take...

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Posted on: August 2, 2022

Deer Trail Reconstruction Work to Begin August 15

Road reconstruction work is scheduled to begin the week of August 15 and wrap up in early October 2022. During construction, drivers can expect long delays with alternating single-lane closures during working hours and the use of automated traffic signals...

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Project Website Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Reconstruction work anticipated to begin August 2022

Public Works is finalizing the permanent roadway repair work design and permitting process and anticipates reconstruction work to begin in August 2022. Drivers can expect alternating single-lane closures a few days in June when crews relocate some utility...

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Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: October 18, 2021

Deer Trail will return to two-lane traffic after completion of roadwork scheduled to start Oct. 20

Crews will soon begin construction of an additional temporary travel lane on Deer Trail that will allow two-way traffic on the roadway, which was damaged by a landslide in early 2021. This work will also eliminate the need for temporary stop signs on Deer...

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Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: September 27, 2021

Repair Update for Birch Bay's Deer Trail Road

Public Works is acquiring property access agreements to areas needed for Deer Trail landslide repairs. This legal process is necessary before construction can start. We still hope to do this work in fall 2021, once all legal agreements are in place.

Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: June 16, 2021

Deer Trail Road Repairs in Permitting and Planning Phase

Whatcom County is submitting permits and developing construction plans for the roadway repairs to Deer Trail. Construction is expected in late summer/early fall of 2021. A geotechnical consulting engineer has been hired to provide support to the County in...

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Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Postcard Going out to Deer Trail Neighbors

The postcard below is going out to property owners in the Deer Trail area in the next few days. Please encourage anyone who wants to follow this project to sign up for Notify Me to receive updates on Deer Trail work. 

View the Postcard.

Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs
Posted on: February 10, 2021

Deer Trail Shoulder Work Happening Soon

Whatcom County Public Works will make improvements to the shoulder of the single passable lane of Deer Trail that will clean up mud and add gravel to make driving in this area easier. Crews must locate any underground utilities before the work can start.

Public Works - Deer Trail Repairs

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

Feb. 19, 2020 Project Nears 60% Design

Whatcom County Public works has executed a final design contract with our consultant, Transpo, and is in the process of designing the multi-lane roundabout improvement for the intersection. We have completed our geotechnical explorations, environmental as...

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Public Works - E Smith Rd & Hannegan Rd Intersection Improvements
Posted on: May 9, 2019

May 9, 2019 E. Smith and Hannegan Intersection Project Nearing 30% Design

Whatcom County Public Works has executed a final design contract with our consultant, Transpo, and started the design of the multi-lane roundabout improvement for the intersection. We have completed our geotechnical explorations, environmental assessments...

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Public Works - E Smith Rd & Hannegan Rd Intersection Improvements

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Tonight: Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Virtual Public Meeting

Remember that the Jackson Road bridge replacement project public meeting starts at 6pm tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 3. 

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Public Works - Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Project
Posted on: January 21, 2021

Bridge Replacement FAQ's Available on Project Website

Whatcom County Public Works is planning to replace the Jackson Road bridge over Terrell Creek. We have built a project website and Frequently Asked Questions page with information on the process, exact location, and how you can get involved.

There are sev...

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Public Works - Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Project
Posted on: January 19, 2021

Public Survey Now Available for Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Project

Public Works invites anyone who uses the Jackson Road bridge in Birch Bay to take an online survey to help us design a replacement bridge: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QZWBBNM

Public Works - Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Project

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Posted on: September 26, 2022

Paint Striping at Gooseberry Point Terminal September 27

Whatcom County Public Works crews are repainting the queuing lanes at the Gooseberry Point terminal on Tuesday, September 27th. The work will be performed mid-morning, weather permitting. No service interruptions are expected.

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: September 23, 2022

Transformer Replacement at Lummi Island Dock September 29

Puget Sound Energy will be replacing the transformer at the top of the Lummi Island dock after the Whatcom Chief’s last run on Thursday, September 29, 2022. This work will not affect ferry runs as it will occur overnight when the ferry is not in...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: September 14, 2022

Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale Dates Set for 4th Quarter 2022

The fourth quarter Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sales dates for 2022 are:

  • Wednesday, October 5
  • Wednesday, November 2
  • Wednesday, December 7 

All punch card sales are from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. at the ferry office, located at the i...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: September 12, 2022

September 28 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The last morning run from the Gooseb...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 3, 2022

Summer Fuel Truck Schedule Change for Lummi Island Ferry

In an effort to maximize ferry service, we will be limiting propane and fuel deliveries in August and September. During these months, the Whatcom Chief will welcome propane and fuel trucks on Thursdays only. This change is in effect from August 3-Septembe...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 1, 2022

Construction Begins on New Lummi Island Ferry Breakwater, No Regular Service Interruptions Expected

Whatcom County Public Works Lummi Island Breakwater Replacement project is now underway. This project replaces the southern breakwater at the Lummi Island terminal with a larger and longer breakwater. The upgrades will improve safety by offering better pr...

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Additional Info... Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 14, 2022

Ferry Tide-Related Weight Restrictions in 2022 for Tides Below Zero

The Whatcom Chief can't carry trucks over 40,000 GVW during tides below zero. 

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: February 10, 2022

Proposed State Transportation Budget Would Benefit Lummi Island Ferry System

The proposed "Move Ahead Washington" transportation investment package is a positive step for the Lummi Island Ferry System. 

On Tuesday, February 8, the chairs of the Washington State Senate and House Transportation Committees introduce...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 25, 2021

Whatcom Chief Back in Service

The Lummi Island Ferry is tentatively back in service after a system assessment. Please stay home today if you can in case additional issues occur. A specialist is coming tomorrow for more evaluations, and this specialist visit should not impact service.

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 6, 2021

October 20 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 20, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 6, 2021

Whatcom Chief Back in Service After Repairs to Main Engine

The Lummi Island ferry is back in service. The boat will make continuous runs until the scheduled crew lunch. Big thanks to our mechanics, engineer, and captain for their quick response and great teamwork to get us back in service!

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: October 1, 2021

Lummi Island Ferry Dry Dock Outage Extended by One Day

The Whatcom Chief is expected to return to service on Sunday, 10/3. Equipment re-assembly took longer than expected, and sea trials have been postponed until tomorrow, Saturday, 10/2.

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: September 20, 2021

Vehicles Vandalized on Gooseberry Point

While all our parking is 'park at your own risk,' we do want to warn drivers that a nationwide trend in catalytic converter thefts is also happening on Gooseberry Point during dry dock. We are sorry to hear that this is happening. Please...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 24, 2021

Sink Hole Repairs Completed, Westshore Drive Has Reopened

Sinkhole repairs on Lummi Island's Westshore Drive are complete, and the road has reopened to traffic. Thank you for your patience during this road closure and repair project!

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 23, 2021

Ferry Dry Dock Vehicle Parking Maps Now Available

The Lummi Island Ferry Dry Dock webpage has been updated with vehicle parking maps. Remember that certain spaces are only available on certain days. Parking availability is driven by maintenance and contractor needs. Remember that if you park your car in ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 10, 2021

Lummi Island Ferry Info Booth A Success

A big thank you to everyone who came out to our booth at the Lummi Island Saturday Market last weekend! Representatives from Whatcom County Public Works, Elliott Bay Design Group (our consultant on the new ferry’s design), County Council Represe...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 4, 2021

How to calculate Lummi Island ferry fares for motor homes and similar recreational vehicles

Summertime means travel time, and we want to take a moment to remind our ferry riders of the fare policy for buses, recreational vehicles, travel trailers, and motorhomes.

  • If you drive a recreational vehicle, bus, or motorhome, your vehicle’s far...
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Posted on: July 31, 2021

The Lummi Island Ferry is Back in Service

The ferry is back in service after repairs to its steering system. Thank you for your patience during these necessary repairs!

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Get to Know the Next Lummi Island Ferry Vessel at Aug. 7 Informational Booth

Lummi Island residents are invited to learn about the design and features of a new ferry vessel with Whatcom County Public Works. The county will have an informational booth at the Aug. 7 Lummi Island Saturday Market. In addition to informational displays...

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Posted on: July 13, 2021

The Whatcom Chief is Back in Service

The ferry is back in service after repairs were made to the island-side dock hydraulics. Thanks everyone for your patience during this outage!

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 9, 2021

July 21 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 21, for repairs to the Lummi Island dock and apron. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of service Wednesday, July 21, from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m...
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Posted on: July 7, 2021

August 4 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 4, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of s...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 19, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale July 14

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, July 14, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current n...

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Posted on: June 29, 2021

Public Works Reopening Guidance for Lummi Island Residents

Public Works offices will reopen to the public by appointment only on Wednesday, June 30, when COVID-19 restrictions are lifted state wide. Reopening our public buildings will be done gradually, and this is the first step in that process. We thank you in ...

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Posted on: June 3, 2021

Save the Dates: Whatcom Chief Dry Dock Outage Sept. 11-Oct. 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 3, 2021

Contact: Ferry DivisionPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The Whatcom Chief’s 2021 dry dock outage will be Sept. 11-Oct. 4. Additional details about the 2021 dry dock, including any applicable COVID-19 protoco...

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Posted on: May 27, 2021

Ferry Tide-Related Weight Restrictions in June

The Whatcom Chief can't carry trucks over 40,000 GVW during tides below zero. View June tide restricted dates and times at: https://bit.ly/2Tp5biv

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 25, 2021

Sinkhole Closes West Shore Drive on Lummi Island

West Shore Drive on Lummi Island is closed to all traffic at the 2300 block due to a large sinkhole. The road will remain closed until further notice. The issue is largely below the pavement, and the majority of the problem can't be seen from the...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 20, 2021

June 2 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of ser...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: May 19, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale June 9

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, June 9, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current ne...

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Posted on: May 19, 2021

May 26 Planned Service Outage for the Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 11:10 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, for the 2021 dry dock shipyard pre-bid meeting onboard the boat.

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of service from 11:10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Wednesday, M...
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Posted on: May 7, 2021

Remember: Ferry Trips Increase by $1 Starting on May 17; Here are Some Important Upcoming Dates

With ferry trips increasing by $1 starting on Monday, May 17, Whatcom County Public Works has some important dates and key pieces of information to remember:

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 29, 2021

Ferry Tide-Related Weight Restrictions in May

The Whatcom Chief can't carry trucks over 40,000 GVW during tides below zero. View May's tide restricted dates and times at: https://bit.ly/2Pzz51P

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 23, 2021

Updated Fare Sheet Added to Whatcom Chief's Website

The Lummi Island Ferry's fare sheet has been updated with a new chart showing both the current costs and the new costs that will start on May 17, 2021.

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Posted on: April 15, 2021

Lummi Island Ferry $1 Fare Surcharge Begins May 17

A $1 surcharge on most ferry trips on the Whatcom Chief will begin on Monday, May 17. Student, needs-based, and qualified senior/disabled fares are exempt. All ferry punch cards purchased before May 17 will be honored at face value, Per Whatcom County Cod...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: April 14, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale May 12

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 14, 2021

Contact: Chantelle HilsingerPhone: 360-778-6200Email: ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, at the ferry office, located...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

April 14 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of s...
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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Whatcom County Council Passes Ferry Fare Surcharge Ordinance

On Tuesday, March 23, the Whatcom County Council unanimously passed, with the support of the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee, a $1 surcharge on most ferry trips. The surcharge will begin later in 2021. No start date has been set.

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Posted on: March 18, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale April 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 15, 2021

Contact: Chantelle HilsingerPhone: 360-778-6200Email: ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, at the ferry office, locate...

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Posted on: March 3, 2021

March 10 Repair Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 3, 2021

Contact: Rich Hudson, Ferry Senior MasterPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, for repairs of the Lummi Island ...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale March 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 1, 2021

Contact: Chantelle HilsingerPhone: 360-778-6200Email: ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, at the ferry office, locate...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: February 1, 2021

February 24 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 1, 2021

Contact: Rich Hudson, Ferry Senior MasterPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, for inspection and mainten...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale February 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 1, 2021

Contact: Chantelle HilsingerPhone: 360-778-6200Email: ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, at the ferry office, ...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Ferry Increased Weight Limits for Personal Vehicles on Jan. 1

On January 1, 2021, the Ferry Division increased the maximum gross vehicle weight for personal vehicles on the Whatcom Chief from 8,000 lbs to 11,000 lbs. The increased weight limit applies to all $13 single ride round trips, and all multi-ride punch card...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Credit Card Fees Will Apply to Single-Ride Ferry Fares Starting Jan. 1

Starting on Jan. 1, 2021, the Ferry Division will charge a .50 cent credit card fee on all single-ride fare transactions. Multi-ride passes purchased with a credit card already pay a credit card fee. This change adds consistency by also charging a credit ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: December 18, 2020

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale January 13

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current n...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

Annual US Coast Guard Inspection Dec. 16 Could Affect 1pm Ferry Sailing

The US Coast Guard will conduct an annual safety inspection of the Whatcom Chief on Wednesday, Dec. 16. This may delay or cancel the round trip 1:00PM run from Lummi Island. The Public Works Department would like to thank everyone in advance for their coo...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: November 18, 2020

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sales December 2

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale will be from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for c...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Electrical Issues at Lummi Island Dock Cause Ferry Schedule Delays

Electrical issues at the Lummi Island dock are causing ferry schedule delays. County crews are on-site and assessing the situation. The ferry is still operating, but not able to maintain the posted schedule at this time. Riders should expect delays. Addit...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

December 9 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

 The Lummi Island Ferry will...

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

Monthly Lummi Island Ferry Punch Card Sales Resume November 4

Whatcom County’s Ferry Division will resume monthly punch card sales with a November sale from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be s...

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Posted on: October 22, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Expands COVID-19 Sailing Schedule Oct. 26; Punch Card Procedures Also Changing

After running on a reduced COVID-19 schedule since March, the Whatcom Chief will resume a more traditional weekday schedule starting on Monday, Oct. 26, with a regular, pre-COVID schedule for the morning and daytime hours, and a revised schedule from 3pm ...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

October 21 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of...
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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Whatcom Chief Scheduled to Return to Service Oct. 3

The Whatcom Chief is scheduled to return to service at 6pm on Saturday, Oct. 3, after three weeks in dry dock. This scheduled return is dependent on upon successful completion of the remaining shipyard repairs and sea trials.

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Posted on: September 24, 2020

High winds could cause ferry service disruptions Thursday night and Friday

Windy conditions have already delayed or canceled ferry service to Lummi Island this week, and forecasters are predicting that a stronger system will arrive Thursday night and Friday. Travelers should prepare for ferry delays due to weather associated wit...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Final COVID-19 Passenger Only Ferry Use Policy Available Online

Whatcom County Public Works appreciates everyone who took the time to make public comment on our passenger-only ferry and shuttle van COVID-19 policy while it was in draft form. We have made some modifications and published a final policy document on our ...

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Public Comments and Responses to Ferry's COVID-19 Policy Now Available

Whatcom County Public Works created a draft COVID-19 policy for the Lummi Island passenger-only ferry and shuttle van service while the Whatcom Chief is in dry dock. Anonymized comments and agency responses are now available online.  

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

Ferry Dry Dock Update: Additional Vehicle Parking Map Added

The Lummi Island Ferry dry dock webpage has been updated with a new map showing additional parking locations on the mainland for vehicles to use during dry dock. 

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Ferry Dry Dock Shuttle Service and Vehicle Parking Information Available Online

Our Ferry Division is preparing for the annual dry dock maintenance of the Whatcom Chief, scheduled to begin on Sept. 12. We have updated our Dry Dock Webpage with additional information on our island shuttle van service and personal vehicle parking maps ...

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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Pavement Striping Operations Rescheduled for Aug. 25-26 on Lummi Island Roads

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 25-26, on paved Lummi Island roads. This is the final step in the chip seal road work project. This work was originally scheduled Aug. 17-18 but was rescheduled...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 13, 2020

Ferry's Draft COVID-19 Dry Dock Policy Available; Public Comment Open Through Aug. 28

We are creating a COVID-19 policy for the passenger-only ferry and shuttle van service that will provide transportation to and from Lummi Island while the Whatcom Chief is in dry dock.

We are balancing the prevention requirements of operating a ferry durin...

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Posted on: August 12, 2020

Lummi Island Supplemental Parking Lot Closes for Maintenance Aug. 22

The supplemental Lummi Island ferry parking lot will close for maintenance from Saturday, August 22, through Friday, August 28.

  • All vehicles must be removed from this parking lot no later than Friday evening, August 21.
  • Vehicles in the parking lot on Saturd...
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Posted on: August 4, 2020

Public Works Gravel on Lummi Island to be Used for Additional Projects

Whatcom County Public Works has had a number of people ask about purchasing potential surplus gravel from our island maintenance projects. A large portion of the gravel we brought over to the island was used for chip seal road work. Now that the chip seal...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Public Works Gravel on Lummi Island

We’ve had a number of people on Lummi Island ask about potential surplus gravel from our island maintenance projects, and if that material would be available for purchase. First, we do still have some work left to do on the island that will use ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Tide-Related Weight Restrictions in August

Trucks over 40,000 GVW are prohibited during tides below zero. 

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Lummi Island Chip Seal Road Work Update

Chip seal operations on Lummi Island are complete. Islanders will notice that all our signage is still up. The project isn’t officially done quite yet. The paint striping machine will come through soon and re-stripe the roadway markings. Re-stri...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

August 19 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

  • The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of ...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 28, 2020

August 5 Punch Card Sale at Lummi Island Ferry Office

Punch card sales will be from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Lummi Island ferry office. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current needs-based customers. Payments may be made by check or credit card. No cash...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Chip Seal Road Work Scheduled on Lummi Island and Lummi Nation July 27-30

Whatcom County has scheduled the following roads for chip sealing from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting Monday, July 27, and continuing through Thursday, July 30.

Lummi Island Roads:

  • BLIZARD RD
  • LANE SPIT DR
  • NUGENT RD

Lummi Nation and Other County Roads:

  • BOYNTON ...
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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Roads Scheduled for Chip Seal Work July 20-23 on Lummi Island and Peninsula

Whatcom County has scheduled the following roads for chip sealing beginning Monday, July 20 and continuing through Thursday, July 23 from 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Lummi Island Roads:

• Blizard Rd• Cedar Pl• Centerview Rd• ...

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Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 15, 2020

Heavy Truck Traffic on Lummi Ferry July 16

Ferry passengers should expect long wait times for the Lummi Island Ferry from 8am-5pm on Thursday, July 16, due to heavy truck traffic.

Public Works - Lummi Island Ferry and Roadways
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Additional Lummi Island Roads Scheduled for Chip Seal Work Starting July 13

Whatcom County has scheduled additional roads for chip sealing on Lummi Island. Work on the following roads will begin on Monday, July 13, and continue through Thursday, July 16, from 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

  • Antoinette Lane
  • Blizard Road
  • Centerview Road
  • Consti...
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Posted on: June 30, 2020

July Weight Restrictions on the Lummi Island Ferry

We impose vehicle weight restrictions on the Lummi Island Ferry during tides lower than zero to prevent damage to our docks. Any vehicle over 40,000 GVW is prohibited on the ferry during these low tides. Read our July weight restrictions letter with speci...

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News Flash

Posted on: March 11, 2022

Marine Drive work continues with single lane closure delays next week

Starting March 14, drivers should expect delays and single lane closures on Marine Drive between McAlpine and Alderwood for stormwater infrastructure installation.

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Posted on: February 15, 2022

Marine Drive construction resumes March 3 - Drivers should expect delays and single lane closures

Construction will resume March 3 for Marine Drive improvements that include widening the road, bike lanes, and stormwater infrastructure. Drivers should plan for single-lane closures and minor delays.

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Posted on: October 14, 2021

Alternate Routes Advised on Marine Drive Oct. 18-20 Near McAlpine Road

Stormwater vault construction will cause alternating single-lane closures on Marine Drive during weekday business hours. Drivers should use alternate routes and expect significant delays. View suggested alternate route: https://bit.ly/3AMvLSy

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Posted on: October 11, 2021

Public Asked to Use Alternate Routes During Marine Drive Stormwater Construction

Stormwater vault construction will cause alternating single-lane closures on Marine Drive during weekday business hours. Work starts today, Oct. 11, and continues for about three weeks. Please use alternate routes or expect delays.

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Posted on: August 31, 2021

Marine Drive Reconstruction Starting in October

Work on Marine Drive was originally scheduled to start in September, but the start date has been pushed back because of material shortages. Starting in October, the contractor will begin work on an underground stormwater vault at the intersection of Marin...

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Posted on: July 22, 2021

Marine Drive Reconstruction Scheduled to Start in September

The project's construction contract has been awarded to Strider Construction; work is expected to start in September and continue through March 2022. Utility relocation continues for about six more weeks.

Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: June 16, 2021

Marine Drive Utility Work Continues, Road Construction will Likely Start in Early August

Ongoing utility relocation work and periodic single-lane road closures will continue through June and July. Road construction is currently out to bid. Construction is likely to begin in early August.

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Posted on: March 4, 2021

Utility Relocation Work Starts Mid-March on Marine Drive

Starting in mid-March, users of Marine Drive can expect periodic single-lane closures and road shoulder work as crews relocate utility poles, water meters, buried natural gas and communication lines, etc. for the upcoming roadway widening project.

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Marine Drive Improvement Planning Continues

Whatcom County Public Works and its consultant, Pacific Survey and Engineering, Inc., are working towards a 100% design document. This will include technical components of the roadway widening, stormwater and water quality system design, street lighting, ...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Community Invited to Virtual Marine Drive Trail Planning Meeting

The Port of Bellingham, along with the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County, will host a Marine Drive Trail System virtual update from 3:30-4:30 pm on Nov. 30. The virtual meeting will start with a presentation of draft trail concepts. Following the pres...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Results of Marine Drive Survey

We received 27 responses to our Marine Drive survey. We appreciate everyone who took the time to take the survey and to share it with their friends and neighbors. Your responses will help us as we continue to plan this project. 

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

Marine Drive Reconstruction Project Update for July 1, 2020

Whatcom County Public Works has been working with our hired design consultant, Pacific Survey and Engineering, Inc., toward developing the project to the 60% design level, which includes:  

  • Roadway widening. 
  • Stormwater and water quality s...
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News Flash

Posted on: November 2, 2021

Update on Marshall Hill Landslide Repairs

Marshall Hill Road near Cronk Road has been reduced to one lane with stop signs in each direction since a landslide that happened in February 2021. Whatcom County Public Works will soon install concrete barriers along the centerline of the road to better ...

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News Flash

Posted on: September 20, 2022

‘The Great Shakeout’ is a Month Away—Are You Prepared?

A Message from Whatcom County Public Works Safety & Training Coordinator Gabel Bredy:

Our region lies above a number of active fault lines capable of causing large earthquakes. Whatcom County Public Works considers earthquake planning to be a high prio...

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Posted on: August 24, 2022

Whatcom Water Week Returns September 10-18, 2022

Wayne Drop helps at International Coastal Cleanup Day during Water Week 2021.

Celebrate our local water resources and have fun during Whatcom Water Week, September 10 – 18, 2022. Water Week offers many different family-friendly events throughout the county with opportunities to have fun, learn, and make a difference. Visi...

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Posted on: August 18, 2022

Flood Response Update

Nooksack River flood Lynden

Are you curious about what’s been happening in response to the November 2021 floods and what’s being done to prepare for future floods? We have been working with numerous partners to repair flood damage and take action to prepare for f...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Birch Bay Drive Pavement Rehabilitation Project Update

The Whatcom County Engineering Division wishes to announce that the Birch Bay Drive Pavement Rehabilitation Project (Jackson Rd to Shintaffer Rd), originally scheduled to be completed during the summer of 2022, has been delayed until 2023. This project wa...

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Posted on: April 6, 2022

Attend the Whatcom Farm Expo on April 23: There’s Something for Everyone in Agriculture

The sixth annual FREE Whatcom Farm Expo will be held on Saturday, April 23, at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds in Lynden from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Whether you already operate a farm and are looking for new ideas or markets, are thinking of starting a sma...

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Posted on: February 9, 2022

County sending letters to targeted property owners as part of flood mitigation grant application

The November 2021 flooding events severely impacted residents and businesses throughout our community.  As a result, Whatcom County and the Cities of Everson, Ferndale, and Sumas are leading an effort to develop a Hazard Mitigation Grant Program ...

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Posted on: December 28, 2021

Extreme Cold Weather and Possible Snow Continue

Forecasts show a chance of snow each day through the end of this week, along with blustery winds and bitter cold. Stay home if you can. If you must travel, go S-L-O-W, and make sure to have a winter emergency kit in your vehicle. Remember that we plow cou...
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Posted on: December 21, 2021

Floodplain Management in Whatcom County: Who Does What

Floodplain Management in Whatcom County: Who Does What 

The devastating November 2021 floods have generated a lot of interest and questions about floodplain management. Whatcom County Public Works has provided a brief overview of the organizations...

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Municipalities, Public Entities Flood Damage Reporting Deadline Monday, Dec. 6

Whatcom County, its tribes, cities, towns, port districts, water-sewer districts, school districts, park districts, and non-profits have a deadline to report flood damage due to November’s “atmospheric rivers.” Public infrast...

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Posted on: November 30, 2021

All Whatcom County Residents Requested to Report ANY Flood-Related Damages As Essential First Step i

 All Whatcom County residents, regardless of where they live, are requested to use an online form to report ANY flood damage received since the region’s flooding episodes began on Nov. 14. Please complete the form as soon as possible, a...

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Posted on: November 27, 2021

Whatcom County Opens Call Center for Flood Response

Whatcom County has established a Call Center for those impacted by recent flooding who might not have internet access. The Call Center, open now, is intended to respond to callers between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. After hours and depending on call volume, ...

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Posted on: November 4, 2021

Whatcom County Awarded $1.94 Million in Federal Highway Funding for Two Birch Bay Area Projects

Federal funding of approximately $1.94 million has been awarded to Whatcom County Public Works to support two different road projects in the Birch Bay area. 

  • The Birch Bay – Lynden Road and Blaine Road Intersection Improvements Project w...
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Posted on: October 12, 2021

Message Sent to School and Government Officials Regarding Winter Storm Response Capabilities

The following message was sent to school districts, fire districts, municipal, and other government agencies within Whatcom County on Oct. 12, 2021. 

Dear School/Government Official or Service Provider,

As we move into our second fall and winter wi...

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Posted on: September 14, 2021

Stormwater Contractors Invited to be Part of New Business List

Whatcom County is compiling a list of contractors who provide services related to stormwater facility maintenance, i.e. catch basin/manhole cleaning and/or repair, detention pond maintenance, storm pipe jetting and/or repair, vegetative management, and en...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 21, 2021

Protect Vulnerable Birch Bay 'Berm' Plantings this July 4

BELLINGHAM, WA – The newly completed Birch Bay “Berm” includes over 110,000 young native plants that will restore shoreline habitat, help protect the beach from erosion during winter storms, and reduce project costs. Anyone c...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 15, 2021

Neighbors Team Up with Whatcom County, State Agencies, to Clean Styrofoam Waste from Lake Samish

Lake Samish Cleanup

Recently, Lake Samish residents spent a rainy week out on the water gathering litter – but not the traditional plastic bottles, aluminum cars, or food packaging. These neighbors were picking up Styrofoam. The Styrofoam blocks were used as dock f...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: May 20, 2021

Join Us for a Fun Volunteer Celebration and Beach Cleanup in Birch Bay with Giveaways

Low tides, free parking, guided naturalist beach walks, and free popsicles are just a few of the exciting things happening at Birch Bay State Park for the “Watershed Watchers: Day at the Beach” event from noon to 3pm on Saturday, June ...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Public Works Launches New Travel Planning Tool; COVID-19 Could Impact Snow Response

Whatcom County Public Works (WCPW) has launched a new online tool for residents that shows active construction projects and snow routes called the County Travel Planner; it includes an interactive map so travelers can plan their routes. This is especially...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Traffic Reduced to One Lane on Nootka Loop Starting Nov. 2 for Construction

P&P Excavating, LLC will construct stormwater improvements along Birch Point Drive at Nootka Loop (the east entrance to Birch Bay Village). These project improvements include installing a new catch basin with a check valve and additional storm pipe. T...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Leeward Way Daytime Road Closures Start Monday

A portion of Leeward Way will close from 7:00am to 7:00pm on weekdays starting Monday, October 26, through Friday, December 4. The closure will be about 150-feet north of Southgate Road. Crews will install a storm pipe to improve water drainage.

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Leeward Way Drainage Improvement Construction Starts in October

Henifin Construction, LLC will construct stormwater improvements along Leeward Way to reduce standing water on the roadway during heavy rains. The work is scheduled to start on Monday, Oct. 5, the roadwork will begin at Leeward Way and Southgate Road, and...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: August 18, 2020

One Day Closure of Edgewater Lane's South Entrance Set For Aug. 26

The southerly entrance to Edgewater Lane will close from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, August 26, for the installation of new storm pipe. The north entrance to Edgewater Lane will remain open.Visit the project website for additional information.

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Public Works - News
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Northshore Drive / Edgewater Lane Stormwater Improvements Start Aug. 10

Whatcom County will improve the water quality of Lake Whatcom, the drinking water source for many city and county residents, with a project that will include installing a new 8-ft x 12-ft stormwater treatment vault and installing 600 feet of new stormwate...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Road Striping on Smith, Northwest and Axton Scheduled for July 28; Drivers Should Expect Long Delays

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday, July 28, on the following roads; 

• E. Smith Rd between Hannegan Rd & Guide Meridian

• W. Smith Rd between Guide Meridian & Ferndale City Limits

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Crew Rescue Distressed Kayakers

Keen observation and quick action by the captain and crew of the Whatcom Chief saved two kayakers on Thursday, July 16. During a routine trip between Lummi Island and the mainland, Whatcom Chief Captain Gary Poole noticed a kayak in the distance that was ...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Pavement Striping on Smith, Silver Lake, and S. Pass Roads July 20-23

Pavement Striping operations are scheduled from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday, July 21, on Smith Road, from Hannegan to Northwest Drive. Drivers should expect long delays during this work. Please use alternate routes whenever possible.

Striping is also schedu...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Pavement Striping on Everson-Goshen Road Set for July 15; Drivers Should Expect Long Delays

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 6am to 6pm Wednesday, July 15 on Everson-Goshen Road from SR 542 (Mt. Baker Hwy) to E. Pole Road. Drivers should expect long delays during this work. Please use alternate routes whenever possible. 

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 7, 2020

Registration Open for Drought Planning and Preparedness Speaker Series

Community members are invited to join a virtual forum organized by the Whatcom Watershed Information Network and the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee (MRC) to learn about drought vulnerability and preparedness in Whatcom County, and drought contingency ...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Lummi Island Chip Seal Road Work Notification

Whatcom County has scheduled chip sealing on Lummi Island beginning Tuesday, July 7 and continuing through Thursday, July 9 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This project includes all paved county roads and will begin in the Hales Pass...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Pavement Striping Everson Goshen Road Set for June 24; Drivers Should Expect Delays During Work

Pavement Striping operations are scheduled from 6am-6pm on Wednesday, June 24, for Everson Goshen Road. The affected portion of Everson Goshen Road is from Mt. Baker Hwy to E. Pole Road. Please use alternate routes when possible and plan for long delays w...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Roads Scheduled for Phase One Chip Sealing June 22-25

Each year Whatcom County Public Works selects roadways for preventative maintenance known as bituminous surface treatment, commonly known as chip sealing. Lummi Nation roadways are scheduled first, starting on June 22.

The following roads are scheduled for...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Public Invited to Help Collect Valuable Species Data Using Smartphone App

Community members are invited to become science volunteers as part of the newest project by the North Sound Stewards Program, organized by the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee (MRC) and RE Sources. The program will utilize iNaturalist, a free app and we...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Drivers Should Expect Delays during Roadway Chip Sealing Starting June 22

Each year Whatcom County Public Works selects roadways for preventative maintenance known as bituminous surface treatment, or commonly known as chip sealing. Most areas are selected on a rotating 10-12 year cycle.  Roadways in three areas of What...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Single Day Closure of Drayton Harbor Road to Occur on Monday, May 4, for Long-Arm Mowing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 30, 2020Media Contact: Marie Duckworth, Communications SpecialistPhone: 360-603-1103E-mail address: mduckwor@co.whatcom.wa.us

Single Day closure of Drayton Harbor Road to Occur on Monday, May 4, for Long-Arm Mowing

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Public Works - News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

03/26/20 Lummi Island COVID19 Ferry Sailing Schedule

03/26/20 FERRY Modified Schedule Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Fare Collection Update as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Shelter-in-Place Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing the following changes to the Lummi Island Ferry’s operations.

Additional Info... Public Works - News

News Flash

Posted on: December 17, 2021

Beach Ave - Open to single lane traffic

Beach Ave on Lummi Island has reopened to single lane traffic at Cedar Ave.   

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Central Road East of Lunde Rd - Motorcycles use caution

There is a steel plate over the roadway on Central Road, East of Lunde Road. Motorcycles should use caution. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: July 19, 2021

Clipper Road, South of Strand Road - Motorcycles use Caution

There is a steel plate over the roadway at 3167 Clipper Road, South of Strand Road. Motorcycles should use caution. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Deer Trail at Cherry Lane - Alternating Single-Lane Closures

Road reconstruction work to repair the landslide-damaged section of Deer Trail is scheduled to begin the week of August 15 and wrap up in early October 2022  During this phase, drivers can expect long delays with alternating single-lane closures ...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: December 17, 2021

Marshall Hill Road - Closed

Marshall Hill Road is closed East of Cronk Rd due to a roadway collapse. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: August 18, 2022

Rothenbuhler Rd Work Scheduled for August 22 - September 30

Whatcom County has scheduled Rothenbuhler Rd for a fish barrier removal project starting Monday, August 22nd and continuing through September 30th. Expect delays during the project and a gravel detour route.

Safety is our highest priority. Drivers should r...

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Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions
Posted on: December 17, 2021

Sunset Ave - Closed

Sunset Ave is closed between Graveline Rd and Pacific Hwy due to a roadway collapse. 

Public Works - Road Closures and Restrictions

News Flash

Posted on: October 18, 2021

Health investigation shows no evidence of increased lung disease near Swift Creek/Sumas Mountain

Periodically, the Washington State Department of Health will check for asbestos-related health issues in people living around Swift Creek and Sumas Mountain. The latest report is out and finds no evidence of increased risk of lung and bronchial cancer, me...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: August 6, 2021

Swift Creek Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement Available

In accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), WAC 197-11-455 and 197-11-510, a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Swift Creek Sediment Management Action Plan Phase 3 Implementation: Sediment Repository has been...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: August 10, 2021

Swift Creek Area Neighbors: Prevent Asbestos Dust Exposure During Dry Weather

A postcard reminding the Swift Creek area community of asbestos health concerns during dry weather will be mailed to addresses in the project area soon. Swift Creek and downstream Sumas River carry naturally occurring asbestos from the Sumas Mountain land...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: August 3, 2021

Swift Creek Channel Excavation Starts This Week

Swift Creek channel excavation is expected to start on Wednesday, Aug. 4, and will continue for two weeks. For questions about this project, please contact James Lee, hydraulic manager, at 360 778-6264 or jlee@co.whatcom.wa.us.

Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: February 22, 2021

Swift Creek Sediment Repository SEIS Scope Available for Comment

A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is being scoped for the proposed sediment repository for Swift Creek sediment. To comment on the scope of the elements of the environments under SEPA please see the Determination of Significance at the ...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Swift Creek Channel Excavation On Hold Until Late Summer/Fall 2021

Swift Creek channel excavation that started in August of 2020 has ended for this year. Channel excavation work will resume in late summer or fall of 2021.

Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Swift Creek Channel Excavation August-November 2020

Whatcom County Public Works will excavate the Swift Creek Channel downstream of Goodwin Road Bridge and haul the sediment to the county-owned property at the corner of Oat Coles Road and S. Pass Road (a.k.a. the Oat Coles North Repository). Work will also...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project

News Flash

Posted on: April 9, 2021

Intersection Alternative Analysis Underway

Whatcom County has executed a preliminary design contract with our consultant, Transpo Group, and is in the process of performing an alternatives analysis to determine the preferred improvements that will be designed and constructed at this intersection. ...

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Public Works – Birch Bay Lynden and Blaine Roads Intersection Improvements

News Flash

Sheriff

2 Stories
Posted on: June 24, 2021

Whatcom County 911 now offers Text-to-911

Text-to-911

What-Comm 911 is pleased to announce that cellular phone users in Whatcom County can now send text messages to 911 in an emergency, as What-Comm 911 can now accept Text-to-911 messages.

Text-to-911 is a vital service intended for use by those who are deaf,...

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Sheriff
Posted on: August 21, 2020

WHATCOM COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LAUNCHES NEW CRIME STATS DATA DASHBOARD

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office has released a new interactive crime-data dashboard where members of the public can view current and historical information about criminal activity in unincorporated Whatcom County. The Crime Stats dashboard s...

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Additional Info... Sheriff

News Flash

Posted on: July 13, 2022

New educational web guide for tsunami preparedness

The eruption of Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai volcano earlier this year created a tsunami that spread to Washington’s coasts. This may have been the first tsunami many residents of Washington had experienced, but it might not be the last. ...

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Additional Info... Sheriff - Emergency Management Blog
Posted on: December 8, 2020

King Tides Are Back Again - What Are They Anyway?

What is a King Tide?

(The following description is from the Washington King Tide Program at the University of Washington)

In the simplest terms, king tide is colloquially used to describe an extremely high tide. Ordinary tides are caused by the gravitationa...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Blog
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Certificate of Appreciation Presented to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office By Washington State and FEM

Certificate of Appreciation Presented to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office By Washington State and FEMA

July 31, 2019 - The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management was presented a Certificate of Appreciation July ...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Blog
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Storm Season is here....Are you Ready?

Storm Season is here....Are you Ready?

                                   

This falls High Wind...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Blog
Posted on: July 31, 2019

ShakeAlert® System Activation For Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District

On July 22, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District activated a pilot scale earthquake early warning system, known as ShakeAlert®, at one of its water reservoirs. With its activation, the District is among the first utilities in Washington State to ...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Blog

News Flash

Posted on: September 27, 2022

Tuesday, September 27, 2022 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Active Incidents

Sever Weather Damage 21-18 Emergency Proclamation by the Governor:  Covers the severe wind and rainstorm event that began on November 12, 2021.  https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/21-18%20-%20Se...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing
Posted on: September 26, 2022

Monday, September 26, 2022 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Active Incidents

Sever Weather Damage 21-18 Emergency Proclamation by the Governor:  Covers the severe wind and rainstorm event that began on November 12, 2021.  https://www.governor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/proclamations/21-18%20-%20Se...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

News Flash

Treasurer

3 Stories
Posted on: September 8, 2022

Treasurer: 2022 Real Property Tax Foreclosure Auction

The 2022 Real Property Tax Foreclosure Auction will be held Online at www.bid4assets.com.

Important Dates:

  • Bidder Registration Deadline: NOVEMBER 4, 2022
  • Deposit Deadline:  NOVEMBER 8, 2022 at 4:30 PM ET (1:30 PM PT)
  • Bidding Starts: NOVEMBER 14, 2022...
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Treasurer
Posted on: February 22, 2022

Treasurer’s Office Resumes In-Person Services

Bellingham, WA, February 22, 2022: After closing to help mitigate an escalation of the Omicron Variant of Covid-19, the Treasurer’s Office will resume normal operating hours and many in-person services starting Tuesday, February 22, 2022. Execut...

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Treasurer
Posted on: January 11, 2022

Treasurer’s Office Now Open by Appointment Only

Bellingham, WA, January 11, 2022:  Due to the escalation of cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, the Treasurer’s office will be limiting in-person services and will be open by appointment only starting Wednesday, January 12th. Exec...

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Treasurer

News Flash

Posted on: June 1, 2020

7/1/21 Update: Treasurer's Office Continues to Suspend Passport Processing Indefinitely

At this time the Whatcom County Treasurer’s office continues to suspend passport processing indefinitely. Please note, when processing resumes, it will be by appointment only. Processing hours and information will be updated on our website as new informat...

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Treasurer - Passport Information