The Whatcom Clean Water Program (WCWP) is a partnership of local, state, tribal, and federal organizations working to reduce fecal bacteria in Whatcom County surface waters and restore shellfish growing areas.
Many landowners have indicated an interest in collecting their own water quality samples. These guidelines (PDF) provide background information and step-by-step directions for choosing sampling sites, collecting samples, delivering samples to a certified laboratory, and interpreting your lab results.
Water quality data is compiled and reviewed on an annual basis to determine current status and priority areas for water quality improvement programs.
For more information or questions about the DOH Shellfish program and reports, click here for contact information.
Best Management Practice Factsheets
We use the term “best management practices” or “BMPs” when referring to various methods for preventing or reducing potential pollution that could result from an agricultural activity. The term originated from rules and regulation in Section 208 of the federal Clean Water Act. Click on the factsheets below to learn more: