What is HIP?HIP

The Lake Whatcom Homeowner Incentive Program (HIP) is a voluntary program supported by the City of Bellingham, Whatcom County, and the Whatcom Conservation District that encourages Lake Whatcom watershed residents to install projects that treat stormwater runoff on their property. 

HIP provides financial reimbursement, personalized assistance with project planning and permitting, and in some cases assistance with landscape design and construction.  Some project examples include;

  • Native landscaping
  • Lake Whatcom rain gardens
  • Underground pollution filters, and more.

These projects are specifically designed to remove phosphorus from runoff before it reaches the lake.  High phosphorus levels cause harmful algae overgrowth in Lake Whatcom, resulting in many water quality issues. 

Am I Eligible for HIP?

If you live in the Lake Whatcom watershed, visit the new website at
to find out if your property is eligible for the HIP and learn about specific resources available to you.  Please note that HIP is only available to a portion of the Lake Whatcom watershed at this time.



For More Information

Please call Ryan O'Connor, HIP Coordinator with the Whatcom Conservation District at 360-526-2381 x118 or e-mail roconnor@whatcomcd.org with questions.

This page was last modified on 09/19/19 - 08:44