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J.E. “Sam” Ryan, CBO

5280 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, Washington 98226
Telephone: (360) 676-6907

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Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas (handout) PDF

An aquifer is a permeable subsurface soil or rock layer that is capable of storing, transmitting and supplying a significant amount of ground water to wells or springs. Critical aquifer recharge areas are areas that have been identified as having a critical effect on aquifers used for potable water and as being highly susceptible to groundwater contamination. A goal of the CAO is to preserve, protect, and conserve Whatcom County’s groundwater resources for current and future generations by protecting these areas from contamination.