Annual Work Plan

Whatcom Water Weeks

Speaker Series

Training Program



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1000 N. Forest St., Suite 201
Bellingham, WA 98225

(360) 778-5812





Annual Work Plan

2017 Workplan (pdf)

2016 Workplan (pdf)

2015 Workplan (pdf)

2014 Workplan (pdf)

2013 Workplan (pdf)

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Whatcom Water Weeks

Held in September, Whatcom Water Weeks is a collection of events that teach and celebrate are use of water from agriculture, wildlife to daily use.

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Speaker Series

The WWIN coordinates with the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee to bring the latest information about a variety of fresh and marine water issues to the community each year.  Events range from a single evening speaker to multi-day symposiums. The list of past events is provided below. Topics are reviewed annually and new suggestions are always welcome.  Send any suggestions you may have to: Sign-up for WWIN email updates to be notified of coming events.


Lummi Island Water Resources
June 10, 9 am – Noon, Lummi Island Beach School

Audio Files (large files)



- Overview of Island Water Resources and Studies (pdf)
- Legal Access to Water: Water Rights & Update Hirst Decision (pdf)
- Drinking Water Systems/Challenges (pdf)
- Changes, Challenges, and Conservation Strategies (pdf)

Bellingham Waterfront Update
June 1, 2017, 6-6:45pm, Garden Rm. Civic Center Annex, Bellingham

Invasive Green Crabs in Washington State, What do we Know and What’s Next
March 2, 6 – 7 pm, Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room



Water, Water, Everywhere But … (link to flyer)
December 2, 8 am – Noon, Washington Small Fruit Conference

Lummi Island Quarry, Aiston Preserve Update
December 1, 6 – 7 pm, Whatcom Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room

An Assessment of Juvenile Chinook Salmon Populations Structure and Dynamics in the Nooksack Estuary and Bellingham Bay Shoreline, 2003–2015
November 16, 3:30 – 5 pm, Garden Room Bellingham

Going Underground, Presentations on Current WRIA 1 Groundwater Projects and Monitoring
October 19, 1:30 – 4:30 pm, Bellingham Public Library

Great Age of the Salmon
September 29, 7 – 9 pm, Bellingham Public Library

The Restless Lake – Surprising Water Dynamics of Lake Whatcom
September 24, Noon – 1 pm, Bloedel Donovan Park

Hypoxia, Snarks, and Phytoplankton: A Story of Oxygen Dynamics in Bellingham Bay
September 1, 6-7 pm, Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room

City of Bellingham Restoration Assessments Bellingham Bay
July 7, 6 – 7 pm, Whatcom Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room, Bellingham

Marine Plastics in the Salish Sea
June 2, 4 – 5 pm, Huxley College

Restoration of Olympia Oysters in Fidalgo Bay
May 5, 6- 7 pm, Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room Bellingham

New Salish Sea Institute
February 4, 6- 7 pm, Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room



What are all Those Algae in the Bay?
July 30, 7 – 8:30 pm, Birch Bay

Assessment of Juvenile Salmonid Use – Puget Sound and Strait of Georgia to Nooksack Estuary and Bellingham Bay Habitats (link to flyer)
April 2, 11:30 – 1 pm, WRIA 1 Brown Bag, Garden Room

Historic and Current Fish Abundance in Whatcom County (link to flyer)
February 5, 6 – 7 pm, Whatcom Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room

State of the Bay, Bellingham Bay Research Symposium
January 22, Add Day, Bellingham Cruise Terminal

Whatcom Water Exchange
January 8, Noon – 4 pm, Lynden Fairgrounds



Mussel Watch, Pilot Expansion Study
November 6, 6 – 7 pm, Whatcom Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room

Oil Spill Preparedness
6 – 7 pm, Whatcom Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room

6 – 7 pm, Whatcom Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room

Fukushima Radiation, Where it is and What it May Mean to You
April 3, 6 – 7 pm, Whatcom Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room



Climate Change and the Future of Food, Recipe for Tomorrow
October 31, all day, St. Luke’s Education Center
Bellingham Bay Hypoxia Research
6 – 7 pm, Whatcom Marine Resource Committee, Garden Room

Stormwater Reseach on Fish in Puget Sound

Bears to Barnacles, Incredible Animals of the Salish Sea
October 10, 7 pm, Mt Baker Theater

Water Supply Searching for Certainty in Uncertain Times
Thursday & Friday, May 30 & 31, Fox Hall

Reducing Toxics in the Fish We Eat
May 20, 1 – 4:30 pm, St. Lukes Education Center

Ocean Acidification Forum
Thursday, March 28, 6-8pm, Bellingham Cruise Terminal



Climate Change Symposium
October 25, 2012

Citizen Science
County MRC - April 5, 2012 - 5:30pm

State of the Watershed Report
County Council Natural Resources Comittee - February 28, 2012

Diarrhetic Shellfish Poisoning (DSP), New Biotoxin
Clara Hurd - March 14, 2012



Plight of Marine Birds of Whatcom County
Dr. John Bower - October 27, 2011

Pacific Feast: Wild Foraged Foods and Cuisine (pdf)
Jennifer Hahn - September 21, 2011

“In Search of Poo, Spew, and Goo: Determining the Diet of Southern Resident Orcas Using Molecular Genetics” (pdf)
July 27, 2011

Low Impact Development/Salmon Studies - Tour of Puyallup Research Station (pdf)
Curtis Helman - May 25, 2011

Restoring Salmon in a Changing Climate (link to flyer)
April 20, 11am – 12:30 pm, Bellingham Municipal Court

Climate Change Symposium
April 8, 2011

Rockfish Research in Whatcom County
Dr. David Shull - February 3, 2011

Seabirds as Environmental Indicators
Dr. Julia Parish - January 20, 2011



Impacts of Fishing and Global Warming on Marine Ecosystems
Dr. Daniel Pauly - October 19, 2010

Top Ten Priniciples for Healthy Ecosystems like the Salish Sea
Dr. Joe Gaydos - September 30, 2010

Shoreline Ecology
Jim Brennan, Washington Sea Grant - August 4, 2010

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Training Program

WWIN offers training opportunities to members and the general community on a variety of topics. Past events are provided below.  If you have an interest in a particular training topic please send your suggestion to Sign-up for WWIN email updates to be notified of coming training opportunities.

15 Strategies for Keeping Your Audience Awake, Alert, and Inter-Active
Cathy Angel, Padilla Bay
January 26, 2016

Accessing Online Resources and Tools for Puget Sound
January 20, 2015

NOAA Planning for Meaningful Evaluation Workshop (pdf)
November 17 &18, 2011

Strategies for Communicating Environmental and Marine Science to Informal Audiences (pdf)
May 24, 2011

NOAA Project Development and Evaluation Workshop (pdf)
March 23-24, 2010 & March 25-26, 2010

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