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Director:
J.E. “Sam” Ryan, CBO

5280 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, Washington 98226
Telephone: (360) 676-6907
E-mail: pds@co.whatcom.wa.us

 
C.A.O. Maps

Critical Areas Ordinance Maps

Background, descriptions, and a copy of the Critical Areas Ordinance can be found on the CAO and Shorelines web page.

The information depicted on these maps is intended to be used with Title 16, Chapter 16.16; the Whatcom County Critical Areas Ordinance, effective September 30, 2005.

To see detailed maps of specific areas, see the township area page.

County Wide Critical Area Ordinance Maps

The maps depicted here are reduced from their actual poster size. There is one map for each article of the Critical Areas Ordinance. Each map depicts the most current information available, but there still are critical areas beyond what is shown on the maps. Therefore, the maps should only be used as a rough guide as to the location of regulated features.  Not all regulated features of the CAO are depicted on maps.

Geologically Hazardous Areas

This map depicts the approximate location of geologically hazardous areas in Whatcom County.  Geologically hazardous areas are areas susceptible to erosion, landslides, earthquakes, volcanic activity and/or other geological processes and pose a significant risk to people and property. Incompatible development in these areas can adversely affect natural resources, threaten public health and safety and, put the development and surrounding developments and uses at risk.

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Frequently Flooded Areas

This map depicts the approximate location of Frequently Flooded Areas in WhatcomPlaceName> CountyPlaceType>. Frequently flooded areas are areas are located along major rivers, streams, and coastal areas where the depth, velocity, intensity and frequency of flood water during major events presents a risk to human life and property. 

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Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas

This map depicts critical aquifer recharge areas and well head protection zones. Critical aquifer recharge areas have prevailing geologic conditions associated with infiltration rates that create a high potential for contamination of ground water or contribute significantly to the replenishment of ground water. Surficial aquifers and depth to water are included on the map for reference only.

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Wetlands

This is the critical areas map shows land cover and features wetlands. The wetlands shown comprise federal, state and local agencies most inclusive inventory of wetlands. Wetlands are those areas that are inundated or saturated by surface or ground water at a frequency and duration sufficient to support, and that under normal circumstances, do support a prevalence of vegetation typically adapted for life in saturated soil conditions. Swamps, fresh and saltwater marshes, bogs, and some meadows are examples of wetlands. Some riparian areas adjacent to streams are also wetlands.

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Habitat Conservation Areas

This map depicts the approximate location of wildlife features found in Whatcom County. Information on the regulation of wildlife habitat conservation areas can be found in article VII of the Critical Areas Ordinance.

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This map depicts the presence of salmonid fish species in Whatcom County. Information on the regulation of habitat conservation areas can be found in article VII of the Critical Areas Ordinance.

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Use of Whatcom County's GIS data implies the user's agreement with the following statement:

Whatcom County disclaims any warranty of merchantability or warranty of fitness of this map for any particular purpose, either express or implied. No representation or warranty is made concerning the accuracy, currency, completeness or quality of data depicted on this map. Any user of this map assumes all responsibility for use thereof, and further agrees to hold Whatcom County harmless from and against any damage, loss, or liability arising from any use of this map.