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Local Organizations

There are many local organizations engaged in watershed management and protection from multiple perspectives. The following list provides information on many of these organizations. Visit their websites to learn more about what they do and about ways you may become involved in their efforts. This list does not include all organizations working on watershed issues. If you are part of or know of an organization that may be important to add to the list please send an email to with your recommendation.

Information disseminated by these organizations does not necessarily reflect the opinions or perspectives of WWIN or its individual members. The organization information is provided to the WWIN Membership and public in the spirit of coordination and collaboration, and is consistent with the WWIN Mission Statement and Goals.


City of Bellingham

The City of Bellingham develops and implements a wide variety of activities under their Natural Resource Program including those associated with stormwater, Lake Whatcom, water quality monitoring, habitat restoration, environmental education, water conservation, and climate protection/energy.


Garden of the Salish Sea

The Garden of the Salish Sea is a K-12 environmental science program that uses shellfish as a vehicle to teach marine science with hands-on learning through field experience. We empower stewardship to support a thriving Salish Sea and healthy oceans globally that can feed us. Our education and outreach are inspired by the wonders of shellfish, science & community.


Marine Mammal Stranding Network

The Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network (WMMSN) is a 501 (c) (3) state & federal non-profit organization of volunteers who are dedicated to the care of distressed or deceased marine mammals.


Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA)

NSEA strives to recover salmon by engaging our community in restoration, education and stewardship. They improve river, creek and riparian habitat while educating people of all ages so that Pacific salmon and Steelhead are provided the best chance for survival.


RESources for Sustainable Communities

RESources promotes sustainable communities and protect the health of northwestern Washington's people and ecosystems through application of science, education, advocacy and action. Our vision is to see people living satisfying lives in accord with the ecosystem we depend on — generation after generation.


Taylor Shellfish

As a company whose product relies on clean water and healthy ecosystems, we have long been stewards of the marine environment. In 1890, Our family began farming shellfish in the waters of the Puget Sound. As a company whose product relies on clean water and healthy ecosystems, we have long been stewards of the marine environment. Sustainability is not only important to our day-to-day operations, but also to planning for our future
We are dedicated to protecting the waters in which our shellfish live, supporting our local farming communities and educating the youth of our future. It is our goal to protect the environment that our livelihoods depend on so we can continue to farm the tidelands for another 120 years!


Whatcom Clean Water Program

People in Whatcom County, WA, value clean water. However, many don’t know that creeks flowing through their communities and eventually to coastal bays are polluted with fecal coliform bacteria. High levels of fecal coliform bacteria in water can affect people's health. Fecal coliform bacteria are found in human and animal waste (feces). A concerted effort is being put forth to reduce the amount of bacteria that is getting into our local waterways. Representatives from local, state, and federal agencies are working with residents and landowners to identify and eliminate preventable sources of fecal coliform bacteria pollution.


Whatcom Conservation District

Whatcom Conservation District's mission is to assist land managers with their conservation choices. The District has a wealth of information concerning water quality issues, management of small and large farming operations, and implementation of best management practices (BMPs). The District publishes newsletters, hosts educational workshops and tours, and offers opportunities for volunteers to get involved.


Whatcom County

Whatcom County develops and implements a wide variety of activities under their Water and Natural Resource Program including those associated with lakes (including Lake Whatcom), stormwater, salmon recovery, shellfish, river and flooding, marine resources, water quality, and water/watershed planning.


Whatcom Family Farmers

Whatcom Family Farmers is the new, unified voice of Whatcom County's family farmers. Berry farmers, dairy farmers, potato farmers, beef farmers, vegetable farmers, nut farmers, ornamental farmers--all farmers who are family owned and whose farm provides the family income. The primary issues are access to water needed to farm and water quality concerns.


Whatcom Marine Resources Committee/Northwest Straits Commission

Whatcom County Marine Resources Committee (MRC) was established by the County Council in 1999 to protect and enhance the local marine environment and contribute to the protection of the marine environment of the Northwest Straits. The Whatcom MRC is one of seven MRCs established in the Northwest Straits region as part of the federal Northwest Straits Marine Conservation Initiative.


Whatcom Public Utility District

The Public Utility District #1 of Whatcom County is your community-based water and electric utility. With a locally elected Board of Commissioners, the PUD #1 has been meeting the utility needs of Whatcom County industries for over 60 years. The PUD #1 is also involved in local environmental, salmon habitat restoration, and utility issues in an effort to better serve the residents of Whatcom County.


Whatcom Watershed Improvement Districts (WIDs)

Watershed Improvement Districts are local government entities formed and controlled by the farmer/landowners within the District. This structure allows them to collaborate on projects, generate funds needed for projects and secure grants.
The first WID in Whatcom County was the Bertrand WID and it has engaged in numerous innovative and effective water management projects.

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Working Waterfronts Coalition

The Working Waterfront Coalition promotes the vitality and economic benefits of our working waterfronts for the people of Whatcom County.


WRIA 1 Project

The WRIA 1 Watershed Management Project is the result of the 1998 Washington State Watershed Management Act, which required all participating local governments to address water quantity, with the option of addressing water quality, instream flows, and fish habitat. The WRIA 1 Watershed Management Project has brought together citizens, local governments, tribes, and state and federal agencies to address these issues.


WRIA 1 Salmon Recovery

The local vision of salmon recovery is to return self-sustaining salmonid runs to harvestable levels through the restoration of healthy rivers, marine shorelines, and natural processes, careful use of hatcheries, and responsible harvest. Achieving this vision will require active participation and support of local landowners, businesses, and the larger community.


WSU Whatcom County Extension/Washington Sea Grant

From the glaciated peak atop Mount Baker to the 134 miles of marine shorelines at the county's western shore, Whatcom County is rich with marine and freshwater resources. These resources provide water for homes and businesses, agriculture, and industry while supporting a diverse ecosystem of plants, animals, and fisheries. WSU Extension partners with Washington Sea Grant to ensure that these resources are available to support the economic and environmental well-being of our community through research, education, and outreach.