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Whatcom County Health Department
Drinking Water Program, Environmental Health Division
Phone: (360) 676-6724
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Research & Studies
  1. Miller, C. (2005) (Approved for Publication January/February 2007). The Introduction and Expansion of GIS into a Small Local Health Department Drinking Water Program. Journal of Environmental Health
  2. Miller, C. (2005) The Use of a GIS to Compare the Land Areas Captured by Very Basic and Complex Wellhead Protection Area Models. Journal of Environmental Health, 68(4), 21. Distributed with permission from the Journal of Environmental Health, September 2003, a publication of the National Environmental Health Association ( ).
  3. Mitchell, R. Babcock, S. Hirsch, H. McKee, L. Matthews, R. Vandersypen, J. (2005). Water Quality: Abbotsford-Sumas Final Report. Western Washington University - Geology Department & Institute for Watershed Studies. June 10.
  4. Paulson, A.J., (2004). Sources of mercury in sediments, water, and fish of the Lakes of Whatcom County, Washington: U.S. Geological Survey Scientific Investigations Report 2004-5084, 98p.
  5. Miller, C. (2004). The Use of a GIS to Compare and Recognize Wellhead Protection Areas for Public Drinking Water Systems in Whatcom County, WA: Proceedings of the National Environmental Health 2004 Annual Education Conference. Anchorage, Alaska. May 9-13.
    Distributed with permission from the Journal of Environmental Health, September 2003, a publication of the National Environmental Health Association ( ).
  6. Miller, C., Chudek, P., & Babcock, S. (2003). A comparison of wellhead protection area delineation methods for public drinking water systems in Whatcom County, Washington. Journal of Environmental Health, 66(2), 17.
    Distributed with permission from the Journal of Environmental Health, September 2003, a publication of the National Environmental Health Association ( ).
  7. Miller, Christopher J. (2001). The comparison and local recognition of groundwater wellhead protection areas for public drinking water systems in Whatcom County, Washington. Master of Science Thesis. (Hardcopy on file).
  8. Mueller, Karl W., and Serdar, David M. (2002). Total Mercury Concentrations Among Fish and Crayfish Inhabiting Different Trophic Levels in Lake Whatom, Washington. Journal of Freshwater Ecology, Volume 17, No. 4. (Hardcopy on file).
  9. Private Drinking Water Study, Whatcom County. Sampling of Selected Private Drinking Water Wells for Coliform Bacteria, E.coli, and Flouride in Whatcom County. (2001). Whatcom County Health Department.
  10. Mueller, Karl W., Serdar, David M., and McBride, David E. (2001). Mercury in Sportfishes of Lake Whatcom, Washington, Including a Review of Potential Impacts to Aquatic Resources and People. Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Fish Program, Warmwater Fish Enhancement Program. Technical Report # FPT01-09. (Hardcopy on file).
  11. Inkpen, Emily L., Tesoriero, Anthony J., Ebbert, James C., Silva, Steven R., and Sandstrom, M. (2000). Ground-Water Quality in Regional, Agricultural, and Urban Settings in the Puget Sound Basin, Washington and British Columbia, 1996-1998. USGS Water Investigations Report 00-4100. (Hardcopy on file).
  12. Amoah-Forson, B. (2000). Washington State Department of Ecology. Occurrence of Methyl Tertiary-Butyl Ether (MTBE) in Groundwater at Leaking Underground Storage Tank Sites in Washington. Publication No. 00-09-054. (Hardcopy on file).
  13. Nooksack Watershed source Protection Plan. (2000). Source Protection Plan for the City of Lynden and PUD #1 of Whatcom County. (Hardcopy on file).
  14. 1999 Annual Report – Pesticide Incident Reporting & Tracking Review Panel. (2000). A report to the legislature as required by Chapter 380, Laws of 1989, and RCW 70.104. Washington State Department of Health. (Hardcopy on file).
  15. Carbon Filter Showerhead Study. Water Test Results on Two Wells for 1,2 Dichloropropane and Coliform Bacteria. Whatcom County Health Department. (2000).
  16. 16. Johnson, K., VanEenwyk, J., Chudek, P., Davis, J., Snyder, R. (1999). A Survey Related to Childhood Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia - Whatcom County, Washington. Washington State Department of Health Office of Epidemiology.
  17. Bertrand Creek Properties Site Investigation Report, Lynden Washington. EPA Region X. Document Control No. 04000-019-037-AAAH. (1999). Prepared by Roy F. Weston, Inc. (Hardcopy on file).
  18. Cox, Stephen E., and Hale, Sue C. Hydrogeology, Groundwater Quality, and Sources of Nitrate in Lowland Glacier Aquifers of Whatcom County, Washington, and British Columbia, Canada. USGS Water Resources Investigations Report. (1999). (Hardcopy on file).
  19. Erickson, D. (1998). Sumas-Blaine Surficial Aquifer Nitrate Characterization. Washington State Department of Ecology Report No. 98-310, 27 p. and appendices. (Hardcopy on file).
  20. Tooley, J.E. and D. Erickson. (1997). Nooksack Watershed Suricial Aquifer Characterization. Washington State Department of Ecology Report No. 96-311, 12p. (Hardcopy on file).
  21. 1998 Site Investigation, Bertrand Creek & Meadowdale Areas, Whatcom County, Washington. Study of Drinking Water from Residential Wells. (1999). Washington State Department of Ecology. Publication No. 99-601. (Hardcopy on file).
  22. Matthews, R.A., & Hilles, M. (1998). Lake Whatcom Monitoring. 1996/1997 Final Report. (Hardcopy on file).
  23. Hydrogeological Characterization Study – East Blaine Annexation Area. (1995). Prepared for Blaine City Council and Blaine City Manager by EMCON, Bothell, Washington. Project #0920-001.01. (Hardcopy on file).
  24. Hardwick, Bud. (1994). Survey of Well Construction, Whatcom County, Washington. Whatcom County Health Department.
  25. Lummi Island Groundwater Study. (1994). Prepared for: Department of Ecology Centennial Clean Water Fund. (Hardcopy on file).
  26. Ground Water Quality Survey Near Edaleen Dairy, Whatcom County, Washington. (1994). January 1990 to April 1993. Washington State Department of Ecology Publication No. 94-37. (Hardcopy on file).
  27. Liebscher, H., Hii, B., and McNaughton, D. (1992). Nitrates and Pesticides in the Abbotsford Aquifer, Southwestern British Columbia. Environment Canada Inland Waters Directorate. (Hardcopy on file).
  28. Atkinson, Ellen. (1992). Chemicals of Special Concern in Washington State. Washington State Department of Ecology, Toxics Cleanup Program, Policy and Technical Support Section, Olympia Washington. (Hardcopy on file).
  29. Seasonal Study of Arsenic in Groundwater, Snohomish County, Washington. (1991). A Report from the Snohomish Health District and the Washington State Department of Health. Prepared by Environmental Health Programs, Office of Toxic Substances, Olympia, Washington. (Hardcopy on file).
  30. Report of Hydrogeologic Services, Groundwater Monitoring Boundary Aggregate Site, Whatcom County, Washington. (1994). GeoEngineers. (Hardcopy on file).
  31. Abbotsford-Sumas Aquifer International Task Force. (1993). Interim Status Report. (Hardcopy on file).
  32. Drayton Harbor Watershed, Whatcom County, Washington. (1991). Prepared for Drayton Harbor Watershed Management Committee by request of Whatcom County Council of Governments by Puget Sound Cooperative River Basin Team. (Hardcopy on file).
  33. Agricultural Impacts on Water Resources in Dakota Creek Watershed. (1987). Prepared by the Whatcom County Conservation District. (Hardcopy on file).
  34. Lummi Island Arsenic Survey (1985). (Hardcopy on file).
  35. Schmidt, Ronald G. (1978). The Water Resources of Northern Lummi Island. An Inventory and Management Plan for Mr. James Arthur, Planner and Whatcom County Planning Commission. (Hardcopy on file).
  36. Cline, Denzel R. (1974). A Groundwater Investigation of the Lummi Indian Reservation Area, Washington. Prepared in cooperation with the Lummi Indian Tribal Council. Open file report, Tacoma, Washington. (Hardcopy on file).
  37. Obert, William C. Nitrate in Ground Water. Western Whatcom County, Washington. (1973). Western Washington State College. (Hardcopy on file).