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Focus on Lake Whatcom: State working with city, county to improve water quality protections for Lake Whatcom (Historical)

Publication number Date Published
11-11-068March 2011
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Author(s) Water Resources Program
Description Water quality problems in Lake Whatcom have reached a critical threshold due to phosphorus-laden runoff from land development. The pollution is impairing the city of Bellingham’s ability to supply water to nearly 100,000 people.
In addition to being the source of Bellingham’s municipal water supply, the lake is an important regional natural resource for the habitat it provides for fish, plants, and birds; and its recreational opportunities and aesthetic values.
Ecology is working with the city of Bellingham and Whatcom County to protect the lake from further degradation by pollution from new development, the potential for which is mostly in Whatcom County.
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Keywords water supply, water quality
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