Community solutions for clean water

We all rely on clean, fresh water for drinking, productive farmland, healthy fisheries, recreation and more. The rivers, streams, and ditches that run through Whatcom County provide a vital resource to our communities and contribute to the health of people, livestock, wildlife, fish and shellfish living in our watersheds. The health of our watersheds, and their viability for future generations begins with each of us. Scroll through our Story Map to learn more!


Our Water Quality Programs

Coliscan: Request Free, Confidential, and non-regulatory E. coli bacteria testing
Water Quality Map: Check out our results from monitoring surface water for fecal bacteria
Wildlife Tracking: Take photos of wildlife and their signs to help the Whatcom CD crowd source wildlife data
WSDA Story Map: Learn more about water quality in Whatcom County using this story map
Partnerships: Learn more about our partners working to reduce fecal bacteria pollution in waterways
Educational Videos: Visit our YouTube channel for educational videos about our watershed!

What is the health of your watershed?Whatcom CD Staff With Water Sampling Equipment

Whatcom County Public Works coordinates a routine water quality monitoring program at a fixed-network of approximately 90 sites around the county.  Additional sampling is conducted in focus areas where elevated fecal coliform levels have been seen consistently and water quality improvement programs are being implemented. These results are displayed on the map above and summarized monthly. Find your watershed here!


Improving water quality means working together.

At the Whatcom Conservation District, we work with governmental, non-profit, and tribal partners. Check out the links below to see what these partners are doing to improve water quality in our communities:


Whatcom County
Whatcom Clean Water Program
Ag Water Board
Lummi Nation
Nooksack Indian Tribe
WA Dept. of Health
Department of Ecology


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