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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Emergency repair work underway on Whatcom County roads

Flooding from a series of storms in November did significant damage to our county road system. We have been assessing the damage, and work is underway on emergency repairs. We will continue to share updates as these repair projects progress. 

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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 27, 2021

Staffing Shortage Could Affect Whatcom County’s Snow Response this Winter

Whatcom County Public Works is dealing with a significant staffing shortage - specifically a shortage of employees who are licensed, qualified and experienced operating snow plows. 

Heavy equipment like snow plows require a Commercial Driver&a...

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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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Posted on: July 21, 2021

New Noxious Weed Found in Whatcom County

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Noxious Weed Alert! There’s a new invasive weed in Whatcom County called Goatsrue (Galega officinalis). We need your help finding this plant. 

Goatsrue is officially listed on the County, State and Federal Noxious Weed Lists and...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Posted on: December 3, 2021

Weather and Flooding Related Road Closures

  • This page lists Whatcom County weather and flood-related road closures.  County roads closed due to flooding are listed below.
  • Conditions may change rapidly and there may be a delay from when a road is closed and when staff are able to update this...
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Posted on: November 19, 2021

Lummi Island and Peninsula flood update

  • UPDATE 11/19 AT 9:58AM: Slater Road is open, Haxton Road is open with signage warning drivers there is still some water on the roadway. Please drive slowly to avoid hydroplaning in any remaining water.
  • UPDATE 11/18 AT 3:18PM Haxton Way will re-close, just ...
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Posted on: November 29, 2021

DSHS Support Arrives for Flood Victims Mobile Community Service Office Stationed in Everson

The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) has activated its Disaster Cash Assistance Program (DCAP) for Whatcom County residents impacted by recent severe weather and flooding. The DSHS Mobile Community Service Office (MCSO) is ...

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Posted on: December 1, 2021

North Fork Rd. Closed to Local Access Only

North Fork Rd. is closed to local access only 2 miles North of Mosquito Lake Rd. Violators of this restriction are subject to a $500 fine.

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Posted on: December 2, 2021

Community’s Flood Response Transitioning to Recovery Process

Following three “atmospheric rivers” in less than three weeks that caused historic flooding county-wide, the focus is shifting from immediate life safety emergency “response” to coordinated,&nb...

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