Blaine Clean Watershed Challenge
Historically, Drayton Harbor has been a productive commercial, tribal and recreational shellfish growing area, however, pollution from fecal bacteria has disrupted safe harvest back to the 1950s. In 1988, portions of the area were closed to harvest; the entire harbor was closed by 1999. While the Washington State Department of Health upgraded 575 acres to Conditionally Approved, seasonal closure remains from November through January.
Ecology's 2008 Total Daily Maximum Load (TMDL) study of the Drayton Harbor watershed indicated that Cain Creek requires up to 95% fecal bacteria reduction to meet water quality standards for shellfish harvest and recreation. Past studies conducted by Hirsch Consulting Services, LLC (HCS LLC) identified human fecal biomarkers in Cain Creek.
The aim of the Drayton Harbor/Semiahmoo Bay Water Quality Enhancement project is improved water quality in Cain Creek and Drayton Harbor to restore safe shellfish harvest and recreation. Components include: water quality monitoring, identifying corrective actions, system improvements, raising and sustaining local awareness and building capacity to continue water quality improvement. Sewer collection lines within 100 feet of Cain Creek will be inspected by video camera and corrective actions will be addressed as needed. Implementation planning and program development will address longer term action items such as city wide sewer line inspection, pollution prevention and potential creek corridor restoration consistent with Blaine's Cain Creek Park Plan. Pet waste stations and signage will be installed at selected locations.
The Salish Sea Watersheds Challenge used in Blaine schools as part of the Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum, is extended to a Blaine Community Watershed Challenge asking residents to practice watershed healthy habits. Community informational events are described in a project brochure that is being sent to Blaine residents with the February utility billing. The first event, a neighborhood meeting was held at the Blaine Public Library on March 4, from 6 to 7 PM as per the event flyer.
Through a competitive process, the Blaine Public Works Department has hired a consultant team to assist with project implementation. Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association (NSEA) is the prime contractor, joined by Hirsch Consulting Services, LLC (HCS, LLC) from Bellingham and Environmental Science Associates (ESA) of Seattle.
Mark your calendar! Check out the upcoming community events in Spring 2015! Attend these free events:
- Neighborhood Meeting/Presentation
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 6:00-7:00 PM
Blaine Public Library Meeting Room
610 Third Street, Blaine, Washington
Neighborhood informational meeting to find out more on the why's and how's of keeping our water clean in 2015.
- Feedback from the meeting (link)
- Clean Water Forum
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 9:20 - 10:30 AM
Blaine High School Performing Arts Center
975 H Street, Blaine, Washington, Flyer for meeting
Learn how students in our community are striving to keep water clean!
- Blaine Water Fest 2015!
Sunday, June 7, 2015 11:00AM - 3:00 PM
Blaine Harbor at Gate 2
235 Marine Drive, Blaine, Washington, Festival Poster
Remember to bring your challenge, ride on the Plover and learn about efforts in our community to keep our water clean!
Submit your challenge form on line and bring this checklist with marks next to actions you and your family complete to the Blaine Water Fest on June 7th for a chance to win a raffle and receive a token of appreciation for your participation.Instructions:
Check the boxes below for actions you and your family can do. After a month, review your actions and discuss with your family. With practice, these actions will become second nature.
- Scoop the poop! Clean up after pets on the street and in the yard and put it in the trash.
- Encourage your cat to use a litter box instead of the outdoors.
- Keep livestock away from creeks and other water bodies.
- Don't feed wild animals and do secure all pet food, garbage and compost.
- Pick up and properly dispose of yard clippings, yard waste and noxious weeds.
- Ride a bike, walk or use alternative transportation instead of driving to reduce pollutants from entering water bodies.
- Use earth-friendly household cleaning supplies and personal care products.
- Reduce fertilizer pesticide and herbicide us.
- Wash your car at a commercial car wash that properly treats rinse water. "Only rain down the storm drain" is a good phrase to keep in mind!
- Plant a rain garden to help filter out pollutants and reduce stormwater runoff.
Download the Blaine Community Clean Water Challenge here.
For more information call Bill Bullock at 360-332-8820.
- Quality Assurance Project Plan- Drayton Harbor/Semiahmoo Bay Water Quality Enhancement
- Drayton Harbor Shellfish Protection District Boundaries Appendix A
- Swoffer Instruments Inc. indicator features & overview
- Drayton Harbor/Semiahmoo Bay Water Quality Enhancement Project Field Checklist
- Sewer and Stormwater Maps
- DRAFT- Drayton Harbor Watershed Fecal Coliform Total Maximum Daily Load
- Sample Site Survey Tables
- Quality Assurance Project Plan Microbial Source Tracking Pilot Study
- Cain Creek Conservancy Area
- Cain Creek Park Plan Final
Photo from Clean Up day