Water Quality Program

Pollution, Identification and Correction (PIC) Program



Water Quality is a large topic. There are many different things that can influence the quality of our water. Whatcom County’s Pollution, Identification and Correction (PIC) program is focused on one particular pollution concern facing our County – fecal coliform bacteria. 


Why do we Care About Fecal Coliform Bacteria?



When there is too much fecal coliform bacteria (originating from human and animal poop) in the water it indicates that there are likely pathogens present that can make people sick. Shellfish beds in the marine water are closed to harvesting when bacteria levels are too high.

Whatcom County Public Works uses water quality monitoring data to identify priority areas for improvement programs and provides community outreach and education, technical and financial assistance for landowners, and coordination with County departments and other agencies to identify and address potential bacteria sources.

Contact Us
  

Gary Stoyka


Natural Resources Program Manager
 

Erika Douglas


Senior Water Quality Planner
Email the PIC Program
  

Water & Natural Resources


322 N. Commercial Street, Suite 110
Bellingham, WA 98225
Phone: 360.778.6230

Public Works Department


Phone: 360-778-6200
Fax: 360-778-6201

Hours


Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Closed legal holidays
Why is it a problem

report a problem 

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This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement PC-01J18001 through the Washington State Department of Health. The contents of this document do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency or the Washington State Department of Health, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.