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Whatcom Creek Bacteria TMDL

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
23-10-013March 2023July 2023
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Author(s) James Kardouni
Description Whatcom Creek and its freshwater tributaries have high levels of bacteria. Fecal coliform and Escherichia Coli (E. coli) are bacteria common in human and animal waste. Whatcom Creek is fed primarily by Lake Whatcom and empties to the marine waters of Bellingham Bay. Whatcom Creek is a popular place for recreation, even though existing bacteria concentrations in the tributaries and lower reach of Whatcom Creek could pose a human health risk from recreational contact in the water.

This report identifies sources of pollution and water quality improvements needed to support designated uses in the Whatcom Creek watershed and receiving marine waters. This watershed cleanup plan will specifically reduce bacteria pollution within the watershed and the nearby downstream marine waters. The goal of this report is to ensure that inland waters in the Padilla Bay freshwater tributaries attain Washington State water quality standards for bacteria. Once finalized and implemented, this plan should ensure safe conditions for swimming and other recreational activities.
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Keywords water cleanup, tributaries, Total Maximum Daily Load, bacteria, Whatcom Creek
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