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Posted on: February 25, 2021

2021 Property Tax Information

The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office is responsible for annually updating assessed values for all real and taxable personal property in Whatcom County, and calculating levy rates for all taxing districts for property tax purposes.

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Posted on: January 12, 2021

2021 Property Inspections

Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office are beginning field inspections. The current annual inspection area for revaluation in 2021, is Cycle Area 6 (see inspection area map). Every year 1/6th of the properties in the county are inspected, and the remaining...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

2020 Change of Value Notices

The 2020 Change of Value Notices were mailed November 19, 2020. State law requires County Assessors to appraise every property annually, with an effective assessment date of January 1st for most properties, and July 31st for new construction. Change of Va...

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Posted on: October 29, 2020

Assessor Introduces GIS Tax Parcel Viewer

The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office has launched an online Tax Parcel Viewer based on ArcGIS software. The GIS map provides access to tax parcels and related assessment information.

“I am glad we are able to make this tool available an...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Limited In-Office Services Available by Appointment

In order to protect both citizens and the staff, appointments will be limited to reduce the number of people in the office. Further protections include required face masks for all individuals in the courthouse, public and staff, plexiglass at all the cust...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Appraisers Starting On-Site New Construction Inspections

Appraisers from the Assessor’s Office are starting on-site new construction inspections for properties issued building permits within the last year. Appraisers are following the rules and recommendations of the Governor and Whatcom County Health...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

2020 Property Tax Information Statement

The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office is responsible for annually updating assessed values for all real and taxable personal property in Whatcom County, and calculating levy rates for all taxing districts for property tax purposes.

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons Legislative Update

The Washington State Legislature has passed ESSB 5160. The new law increases the income thresholds for qualifying Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons in the Property Tax Exemption and Property Tax Deferral Programs. Under the new legislation, the 2019 qu...

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Posted on: June 4, 2020

Property Revaluation News

The Washington State Department of Revenue has approved the Assessor’s Office’s  Annual Real Property Revaluation program. Annually, 1/6th of the county will be physically inspected and the whole county will be statistically r...

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Whatcom County Coronavirus Variant Update for 4/7/21

Coronavirus variants have been detected in Whatcom County, and there’s speculation about what they might mean for the pandemic and vaccination efforts. Here’s what we know right now.

What is a variant?

All viruses mutate. As they make copies of the...

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Posted on: April 6, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 4/6/21

We’re making progress! As of April 3, 31.32% of Whatcom County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 20.10% of our community members are fully vaccinated. As of Sunday, April 4, 72% of Whatcom County resi...

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Posted on: March 30, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update 3/30/21

We’re making progress! As of March 29, 27.94% of Whatcom County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 16.85% of our community members are fully vaccinated. As of Monday, March 29, 71% of eligible Whatcom ...

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

I’m fully vaccinated: What now?

Congrats! You are fully vaccinated! Here’s what you need to know:

What does “fully vaccinated” mean?

You are fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving your second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines or two weeks after the s...

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

The CDC's Guidelines for Traveling during the COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 19, Governor Inslee rescinded the travel advisory he issued last November and advised Washingtonians to refer to the CDC’s COVID-19 travel advisory guidance.

The Governor didn’t rescind his travel advisory because it’...

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Posted on: March 24, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Dashboard Updates

Yesterday, Tuesday, March 23, we updated our COVID-19 data page with a new Whatcom County specific Data Dashboard! This dashboard replaces the charts that were previously on our website. You can check out the new dashboard on our data page, and read below...

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Posted on: March 23, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 3/23/21

We’re making progress! As of March 21, more than one quarter of Whatcom County residents have received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 13% of our community members are fully vaccinated.

Providers in Whatcom County are due t...

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Posted on: March 22, 2021

Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery Begins Today, but Whatcom County Should Still Be Careful

Today, Whatcom County and the rest of Washington State move into Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan. That means we’re getting a step closer to normal. 

This is great news, but Whatcom County residents should sti...

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Posted on: March 16, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 3/16/21

Vaccine Data

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 5,710 first doses and 5,180 second doses COVID-19 vaccine for the week of March 15th. 

As of March 13, 48,311 Whatcom County residents have received their first dose and 23,629 ha...

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Whatcom County Moves to Phase 3 of Healthy Washington Plan on March 22

Yesterday, Governor Inslee announced new changes to the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan. On March 22, all counties in Washington will move into Phase 3. This means there will be fewer restrictions on private and business activities across th...

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Posted on: March 9, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 3/9/21

Vaccine Data

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 2,370 first doses of and 2,600 second doses COVID-19 vaccine for the week of March 8th. The number of first doses includes 1,200 doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which only req...

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Posted on: March 9, 2021

Whatcom County Community Vaccination Clinic Opens to Public March 13

This week the large-scale collaborative COVID-19 vaccine clinic, the Community Vaccination Center (CVC), located on Bellingham Technical College’s main campus, is set to open to the public. The first clinic is this Saturday, March 13, between 9 ...

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update 3/2/21

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 11,030 first doses and 1,900 second doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the week of March 1st. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 29,915 initial doses. As of Feb. 27, 30,969 Whatcom Count...

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Posted on: February 24, 2021

Variant B.1.1.7 Found in Whatcom County

Evidence for a new coronavirus variant previously reported elsewhere in Washington has now been found in Whatcom County. Variant B.1.1.7, commonly referred to as the UK variant, spreads more easily than the original COVID-19 strain. 

While this is...

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Posted on: February 23, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 2/23/21

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 2,540 first doses and 3,270 second doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the week of Feb. 22. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 20,365 initial doses. As of Feb. 20, 25,996 (11.5%) Whatcom ...

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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 2/16/21

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive zero first doses and 2,400 second doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the week of Feb. 15. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 17,825 initial doses. As of Feb. 10, 21,252 (9.43%) Whatcom C...

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Posted on: February 11, 2021

Whatcom County Moves to Phase 2 of Healthy Washington Plan

Data released today by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) enables the North Region, which includes Whatcom County, to move to Phase 2 of the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery Reopening Plan.

Starting Monday, February 15 some additional ...

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Posted on: February 9, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update for 2/9/21

Vaccines by the Numbers

Providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 3,275 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine for the week of Feb. 8. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 17,825 initial doses. As of Feb. 6, 19,258 Whatcom County res...

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Whatcom County Vaccine Update for 2/3/2021

Vaccines by the Numbers

During the week of February 1st, providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 700 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 14,550 vaccine doses. 

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Posted on: January 28, 2021

Corrections Made to Vaccine Update 1/26/21

We made an error in data reporting in our Vaccine Update newsflash published on Jan. 26. We mistakenly reported that 11,796 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been given to Whatcom County residents. However, that number actually represents the number of doses ...

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Posted on: January 26, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update 1/26/21

The new B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the “UK variant,” has been reported in Snohomish and Pierce counties. While this is certainly cause for concern, it is not cause for alarm.

Here’s what we know so fa...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update 1/20/21

Phase 1B Tier 1 (Phase 1B1) of COVID-19 vaccination has begun, but unfortunately this doesn't mean that all people in Phase 1B Tier 1 will be able to get their first shot right away. Anyone in Phase 1A or Phase 1B1 can get vaccinated now, but there is sti...

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Posted on: January 18, 2021

Whatcom County Vaccine Update 1/18/21

Washington State Department of Health has announced that we will start to move to Phase 1B Tier 1 today. This opens up vaccinations to people 65 and older, and people who are 50 and older who live in multigenerational households.  Due to limited ...

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Whatcom County Vaccine Update 1/14/2021

While we are still currently in Phase 1A, Washington State Department Of Health (DOH) announced yesterday, January 13, that we will be moving to Phase 1B “in a matter of days.” We will provide an update when Whatcom C...

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Posted on: January 13, 2021

Soaring COVID-19 Case Rates Across Whatcom County

Recent data shows soaring case rates across all of Whatcom County, most strikingly in the northern regions of the county. Cases have skyrocketed in the areas of Lynden and Nooksack Valley. The 14-day case rate is over three times higher in the No...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Cases Are Higher Than Ever and Rising

Another wave of COVID-19 activity is sweeping over Whatcom County, and it’s the biggest one yet. Our case counts are higher than they’ve ever been. Since December 30, cases have been rising and doing so faster than ever before. As peop...

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

Whatcom County COVID-19 Vaccine Update

Right now, Whatcom County is in Phase 1a of Washington State’s Vaccine Allocation Plan. We know there is a lot of interest in the allocation, distribution, and administration of vaccines and questions about when people will be able to b...

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Posted on: December 16, 2020

Situational Update on COVID-19 Data

Some important updates to COVID-19 data are happening at the local and state level. Read more to learn about how we’re now including probable COVID-19 cases in our data reporting, and how to interpret recent test data with a bit of caution.

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Posted on: December 15, 2020

WCHD COVID-19 Vaccine Update 12/15/20

COVID-19 Vaccine Arrives in Washington State on Monday

The first doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived Monday morning in Washington State and are soon to arrive in Whatcom County. Approximately 62,400 doses are expected this week, with a to...

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Posted on: November 23, 2020

Whatcom County Health Department Moves COVID-19 Testing Out of the Weather

Community low barrier testing for COVID-19, which has been provided by the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) and Whatcom Unified Command (WUC) at several locations throughout Whatcom County, will soon take place at one location. 

Between Nov...

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Posted on: November 20, 2020

Community Asked to Avoid Gatherings and Use COVID-19 Testing Services Only When Necessary

The low-barrier mobile COVID-19 testing that we have been offering to our community members has reached maximum capacity. Many more people are seeking COVID-19 tests due to a sharp increase in virus activity and a desire to travel or gather for the holida...

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

GAME DAY GATHERINGS

Nothing says “autumn” like changing leaves, pumpkin spice, and fall sports. This time of year, many enjoy game day traditions ranging from tailgating and TV-watching parties to huddling along the sideline of their kids’ socce...

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Posted on: October 16, 2020

New guidelines ease restrictions for team sports

Fall is here, and for many people it’s a time to get involved in a variety of sports. Team sports are a source of physical and mental well-being for both children and adults and create a sense of belonging and community. Recent changes in Washin...

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Posted on: October 13, 2020

State Data Reporting Delay Affects Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Dashboards

On October 12, the Washington State Department of Health announced data issues that required a rollback of the COVID-19 data dashboard to include data only current as of 11:59 p.m. on 10/9/2020. The issue also impacted the COVID-19 risk ...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Physically Distanced but Socially Connected: Activities to do when the weather gets bad

Fall is here, and with it comes grey skies and rain. It was easier to get together outdoors with friends for social gatherings during the sunny days of summer, but the colder, wetter weather can make outdoor gatherings more difficult. But as Pacific North...

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Posted on: October 7, 2020

One COVID-19 mobile testing location to close after Oct. 7

Since August, Whatcom Unified Command (WUC) and the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) have partnered to provide community-wide low barrier testing for COVID-19 in seven locations around the county.

One of those locations, at Christ Fellowship Church ...

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Posted on: October 1, 2020

Halloween: Have a Spooky, Safe and Healthy Holiday

Halloween is on its way, and with everything we’ve been going through this year, we’re looking forward to the festivities it brings. Pumpkin carving, decorating our homes, and wearing costumes are all great ways to celebrate Halloween....

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Posted on: September 22, 2020

Emergency Preparedness

With wildfires in the West and hurricanes in the Southeast, our country is being hit with a variety of natural disasters. An emergency on its own, whether natural or human-caused, is incredibly destructive, but on top of a global pandemic could be catastr...

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Posted on: September 14, 2020

Protect Yourself from Flu During the COVID-19 Pandemic

COVID-19 infection is a top health concern for most of us, but flu season is fast approaching. Given the current pandemic, it’s more important than ever to get a flu shot and continue everyday healthy habits that help stop the spread of germs.

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Posted on: September 10, 2020

Small actions add up

In the past six months, we have been learning more and more about COVID-19. We have been learning about the different effects it can have on our bodies, as well as the ways it can spread from person to person. Each time we learn more, it adds to our abili...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Back to school readiness includes being up-to-date on shots

Preventing diseases with vaccines

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, some children may have missed appointments to get immunizations. With the school year back in session, it’s a good time to get caught up and protect your child from preventable d...

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Posted on: September 3, 2020

COVID-19 and Chronic Stress

Now that we are almost six months into the COVID-19 pandemic in our county, most of us have adapted to our new way of life. Wearing a mask, staying physically distanced from others, and keeping closer to home are our new normal. But even if we have adapte...

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Posted on: September 1, 2020

We’ve Changed How We’re Reporting COVID-19 Race and Ethnicity Data

We’ve made two changes to the way we are now reporting COVID-19 data associated with race and ethnicity. Revising the methodology used to report demographic data for COVID-19 case rates in Whatcom County not only improves the clarity of the data...

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

How to Have a Safe Learning Pod

Most schools in Whatcom County have decided to begin the school year with distance learning. Parents are thinking about how to create the best learning environment for their children as the school year begins. Education is a vital asset to our children, a...

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Posted on: August 20, 2020

Staying Connected When We Have to Stay Apart

Because older adults have a higher risk of more serious illness from COVID-19, it’s especially important for them to stay home and limit close physical contact with people outside their household. But that doesn’t mean cutting off all ...

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Posted on: August 19, 2020

The Importance of Contact Tracing

We have a variety of tools we can use to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Mask wearing, maintaining physical distance and washing our hands are all ways we can keep ourselves and others safe. Another tool we use is contact tracing. Contact tracing helps ...

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Posted on: August 16, 2020

Mobile Testing Open in Bellingham Monday, August 17

The Bellingham location of our new mobile COVID-19 testing program will open to the public on Monday, August 17 at 211 East Champion Street. Tests will be available by appointment only.

Hours:

  • Monday through Wednesday, August 17-19, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m
  • Friday, ...
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Posted on: August 14, 2020

Recognizing the power of the polio vaccine

Vaccines are one of the most effective disease prevention tools we have and August is National Immunization Awareness Month. Countless deaths have been saved in the United States and across the world because of vaccines. We are waiting for a COVID-19 vacc...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

Choosing the right mask

By now we know that one of the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to wear a mask when we are around anyone who is not a member of our household. But not all masks are created equal, and some offer more protection than others. Remember, it is poss...

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Posted on: August 12, 2020

Phase 2 Refresher

All Washington counties are on an indefinite pause of the Safe Start Washington plan, as COVID-19 case counts have continued to rise throughout the state. Whatcom County is currently in Phase 2. Here’s a quick reminder of what is and isn&rsq...

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Posted on: August 11, 2020

COVID-19 Risk Decision-making for Older Adults

Impact on older adults and our community

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, making decisions about how to interact with the world--from everyday activities to life-changing transitions--has been complicated and, at times, confusing. With each ch...

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Posted on: August 8, 2020

Wildfire smoke preparedness and COVID-19

Wildfire season could yet be on its way. The best way to protect yourself from wildfire smoke is to plan ahead to stay indoors and keep indoor air clean. We’re urging residents to take steps now to prepare for potential smoky d...

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Posted on: August 7, 2020

Low-barrier COVID-19 testing to expand, provided in partnership by WCHD & WUC

Beginning Monday, August 10, the Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) and Whatcom Unified Command (WUC) will begin field testing a low-barrier, mobile COVID-19 testing model. A fully operational mobile testing program is expected to begin within two we...

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Whatcom County Health Department Seeks Input via Online Survey

Whatcom County Health Department has partnered with Whatcom Unified Command and researchers at Western Washington University to launch a survey to learn more about COVID-19-related decisions and actions in different settings.

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

New Funding to Support Rent and Mortgage Payments Now Available in Whatcom County

The Whatcom County Health Department is working with local partners to implement two new housing assistance programs funded by the CARES Act that will provide over $3,300,000 for Whatcom County households that have been financially impacted by COVID-19. T...

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Posted on: August 4, 2020

Health Officer Recommends Remote Start for Schools

Decisions about how to effectively teach students while keeping them safe during the COVID-19 pandemic are difficult to make. Public health experts and schools in our community and across the country are weighing these decisions carefully.

We Recommend Sta...

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Posted on: August 4, 2020

Find your party of 5

Time with friends and family is precious and important for our mental and physical health. It can be tempting to put the COVID-19 pandemic out of our minds or to downplay the seriousness of it, especially if no one in your circle has been infected. But ac...

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Posted on: July 31, 2020

Cooling off carefully: Safe water recreation

Summer is here, and it is a hot one! Many of us are enjoying staycations this summer rather than travelling, and our waterfronts are getting crowded with people trying to beat the heat. Cooling off at one of our beautiful beaches always feels great. But w...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Testing is just one tool in our toolbox

Using the right tool for a task is more efficient and usually gets better results. Testing is an essential tool to help control the spread of COVID-19, but it’s not the only tool in our toolbox. Some of the tools we have can be used by each of u...

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

Two new charts added to Whatcom County’s COVID-19 Data Dashboard

We’ve added two new charts to our Data Dashboard page today to provide more information about COVID-19 activity in our county.

The first is a map that shows the rate of newly identified cases over the previous 14 days by location of residence wit...

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Posted on: July 29, 2020

New guidance for face coverings: when and where you should wear them

On July 25th, Washington State updated the requirements for wearing face coverings. Face coverings are now required in any common spaces where you can’t socially distance. This includes places such as:

  • Elevators.
  • Hallways, courtyards,  an...
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Posted on: July 25, 2020

Updated Guidance for Phase 2

On Thursday, Governor Jay Inslee announced an update to the Safe Start plan for reopening Washington State. The new measures aim to have social gatherings take place less often, last for shorter amounts of time, and to take place in safer environments. Fo...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

The most important COVID number for you to watch

Since the pandemic began, many of us have been closely following data about COVID-19 to track numbers about infections both near and far. It turns out that the most important COVID-19 number to watch is the number of people you gather with. And good news:...

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Posted on: July 22, 2020

Testing, Insurance, and Costs

Navigating and understanding medical insurance can be challenging at any time, but even more so during a pandemic. Here’s what you need to know about insurance and testing for COVID-19.

Get Insurance and a Healthcare Provider Before You Need Test...

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Posted on: July 20, 2020

Results from Drive-Through Testing Pilot

Whatcom County concluded its second round of pilot COVID-19 drive-through testing at the Bellingham Civic Field Complex on Saturday afternoon. No-cost testing was provided without an appointment or healthcare provider referral to over 1,800 people over fo...

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Posted on: July 18, 2020

Share Compassion, Not COVID

Share Compassion, not COVID-19

We’re all weary of the ongoing effort to protect our community from the impact of COVID-19. At times, we may feel angry, fearful, anxious, or overwhelmed. It can make it all the more challenging to practice empathy ...

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Posted on: July 16, 2020

Summer Activities for Children

School is finished for the year, and, while the start of summer is typically an exciting time for kids, this summer is turning out to be pretty different than what many of us had in mind. While some camps, sports and other activities may not be happening ...

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Posted on: July 14, 2020

Weekend Pilot Drive-Through Testing Site Recap

Whatcom County Pilots a Drive-Through Testing Site

Whatcom County concluded its pilot COVID-19 drive-through testing program on Saturday afternoon. The testing site was located at Bellingham’s Civic Field Complex, and ran Friday, July 10 and Satu...

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Posted on: July 13, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Page Updates

Every Monday, we update two charts on our COVID-19 Data Page showing local data that are not yet part of the interactive data dashboard. This week we’ve also added county-level metrics associated with Washington’s phased reopening plan...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

New Resources Website for Whatcom County Providers

Our local care providers work hard for our safety, from managing their daily duties to keeping up with the rapid influx of new information received daily. To support this critical work, the Whatcom County Health Department launched a new website tailored ...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

This Summer Sports Leagues Are Out, but Safety Is In!

Now that it’s summer, many of us would be spending time on the soccer field or baseball diamond. Unfortunately, sports leagues have had to pause on their summer season this year. Youth and adult leagues through our city Parks and Recs department...

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Whatcom County Launches “Safer. Stronger. Together” Campaign

If you visit any local stores or restaurants in the days and weeks to come, you’ll probably start noticing some new signs or posters promoting Whatcom County’s new “Safer. Stronger. Together.” campaign. 

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Posted on: July 7, 2020

Whatcom County is expanding COVID-19 testing

Whatcom County Health Department (WCHD) and Whatcom Unified Command (WUC) are partnering with Northwest Laboratory and the City of Bellingham to increase access to COVID-19 testing in Whatcom County. On Friday and Saturday, July 10 and 11, they will pilot...

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Posted on: July 2, 2020

Whatcom County Health Department COVID-19 response still operating over the holiday weekend

The Whatcom County Health Department will be closed for all non-COVID-19 related operations on Friday, July 3rd in observance of Independence Day. 

COVID-19 response services will continue to operate on Friday and over the weekend. This includes c...

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Posted on: June 30, 2020

Friends don’t give friends COVID-19

With summer here, and more businesses and activities open again in Phase 2, many of us are excited about getting out of the house to reconnect with friends and family. But there’s still a risk of giving or getting COVID-19. If someone invites yo...

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Posted on: June 29, 2020

This Fourth of July - Celebrate Small, Celebrate Safely

Summer is here, and Fourth of July, our biggest summer celebration, is coming up. Many of us look forward to this holiday and the traditions it brings, including barbecues, picnics, and fireworks. This year, however, will be different. We know it may be d...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

The Importance of Masks: Small Actions with Big Results

Did you know that a family of mice can increase to over 100,000 mice in a single year? Now:  imagine that the first two mice never met. That’s a difference of 99,998 mice.

COVID-19 can work like this, too. Preventing a single new infecti...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

How safe is it? A guide to COVID-19 risk

Each of us looks at risks differently. Some like to play poker or go bungee jumping, others do not. 

When it comes to COVID-19, the risks you take affect you personally, and they also affect your community. It’s not just about preventing...

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Posted on: June 24, 2020

How to talk to friends and family about COVID-19

COVID-19 has been present in our community for a few months and has drastically changed how we live. Unfortunately, there is some misinformation about it, and some people aren’t taking it seriously. It can be difficult to talk to someone who doe...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Face Coverings Required Statewide in Washington

New face covering requirement starts Friday

Beginning Friday, June 26, everyone in Washington is required to wear a cloth face covering in public when you cannot stay six feet away from others. This is a public health order issued by Wash...

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Posted on: June 23, 2020

Whatcom County is not eligible to apply for Phase 3 this week

Whatcom County will not be eligible to apply for Phase 3 of Washington State’s Safe Start reopening plan on Friday, June 26th. Friday marks three weeks since we moved into Phase 2. Unfortunately, we do not meet all of the eligibility requirement...

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Posted on: June 19, 2020

Phase 2 in Whatcom County: Evaluating Our Progress

Whatcom County is regularly evaluating how COVID-19 is being spread through our community and our progress in responding to it. Right now we are in Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start plan and are working hard to be able to move to Phase 3. The m...

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Posted on: June 18, 2020

PSP Biotoxin at Dangerous Levels in Whatcom County

Paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP) biotoxin has increased to dangerous levels in mussels in Whatcom County, with levels capable of causing illness detected from Lummi Bay north to the Canadian border. Biotoxin levels exceed safe harvest limits for all mo...

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Posted on: June 15, 2020

Resources are available for people with financial hardships due to COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused economic uncertainty and hardship for millions of Americans. Many people have lost work or been laid off or have missed work due to having to quarantine or isolate. Fortunately, there are many resources available to help those struggli...

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Posted on: June 13, 2020

Isolation and Quarantine: Your Questions Answered

One of the most effective tools we have to slow the spread of COVID-19 is “boxing the virus in.” This includes isolating yourself if you have a confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19, and quarantining yourself if you have been exposed...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Gatherings in May lead to COVID-19 Outbreaks

We are investigating a series of COVID-19 outbreaks connected to large recreational and social gatherings held in Whatcom County in late May. Some attendees of large gatherings and parties hosted at private residences have since been diagnosed with COVID-...

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Posted on: June 9, 2020

Responding to COVID-19 Outbreaks

Responding to contagious disease is one of the most important functions of a public health system. How do health officials keep outbreaks from impacting the entire community?

Whatcom County is now in Phase 2 of Washington State’s Safe Start plan....

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Posted on: June 8, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Charts Have Been Updated

Two Charts Updated Weekly

Every Monday we update two charts showing data that are not yet part of the interactive data dashboard. While we will continue to update weekly, we will no longer send a newsflash to alert you to these weekly updates.

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Posted on: June 6, 2020

Yes, you can get tested for COVID-19.

Everyone with symptoms of COVID-19 should get tested as soon as possible. If you think you have symptoms, or if you’ve been exposed to someone who has received a positive test result, please follow these steps to get tested right away. Testing a...

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Posted on: June 5, 2020

Whatcom’s Phase 2 Application Accepted

Our hard work has paid off, and the Washington State Secretary of Health has accepted our application to move to Phase 2 of Washington’s Safe Start Plan. Effective immediately, we can move into Phase 2. 

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Posted on: June 3, 2020

New COVID-19 Data Dashboard Now Available

We know data can be ... well … confusing. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH) to improve how we share COVID-19 data with a new, interactive COVID-19 data dashboard. The new dashboa...

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Posted on: June 2, 2020

Whatcom County Submits Phase 2 Application

We’ve submitted an application to the Washington State Department of Health to move into Phase 2 of Safe Start Washington. The application was submitted following a vote from the Whatcom County Council, acting in their role as the Health Board, ...

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Posted on: June 1, 2020

We're Applying for Phase 2!

Today is a pivotal day on the COVID-19 calendar. Governor Inslee’s “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order has expired. That doesn’t mean life switches over to what it was before; it means counties may turn the dial by appl...

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Posted on: May 31, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Update

The charts on our website with numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases and COVID-19-attributed deaths were updated for the week of Sunday, May 24 through Saturday, May 30. In the past week we reported 26 new confirmed cases. We had reported one new d...

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Posted on: May 29, 2020

Whatcom County is eligible to apply to move to Phase 2

Governor Inslee has released an updated Safe Start plan which allows for more flexibility for counties to apply for a variance. Under the updated requirements, Whatcom County is now eligible to apply to move to Phase 2. 

On Friday, May 29, Governo...

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Posted on: May 26, 2020

Yes, Whatcom County is Still in Phase 1 of Reopening

Right now, staying home except for essential trips is limiting the spread of COVID-19. The Stay Home, Stay Healthy directive is still in place and Whatcom County is still in Phase 1 of the “Safe Start” plan for reopening. Moving to Pha...

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Posted on: May 24, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Update

We’ve updated the charts on our website showing the weekly number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and COVID-19 attributed deaths with numbers for the week of Sunday, May 17 through Saturday, May 23. In the past week there have been no new d...

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Posted on: May 23, 2020

Is it safe to gather with friends?

Right now, staying home except for essential trips is working to limit the spread of COVID-19. The fewer interactions we have with people outside of our household, the fewer chances there will be to spread the virus. This is the easiest way to st...

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Posted on: May 21, 2020

Grieving During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Grieving loss is a painful life experience made more difficult and lonely during the COVID-19 pandemic. The coronavirus pandemic has taken hundreds of thousands of lives across the world and complicated the grief process for millions more. 

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Posted on: May 18, 2020

Whatcom County Cloth Face Covering Directive

Today we issued a Local Health Officer Directive that directs everyone to wear cloth face coverings while in any public indoor and outdoor locations where a person will be within six feet of someone who they don’t live with. As summer approaches...

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Posted on: May 17, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Data Update

We are committed to sharing reliable and meaningful information about the COVID-19 outbreak as soon as we are able. This week, we’ve updated our website to include:

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Posted on: May 16, 2020

Mental Health and Social Isolation During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

Mental Health and Social Isolation During Stay Home, Stay Healthy

One of the most important ways we can slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home and physically distance ourselves from others. Unfortunately, this method of containing the spread of the vi...

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Posted on: May 14, 2020

Returning to Work After COVID-19 Illness or Exposure (Guide for Essential and Healthcare Workers)

If you’re an essential worker or healthcare worker that tested positive for COVID-19, or has been exposed to someone who has, you may be wondering what to do and when it’s ok to return to work. Here’s what you need to know.&a...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Talking with Children about COVID-19

COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds right now. Information overload, rumors and misinformation can make you feel out of control and make it unclear what to do. When you feel this way, your kids may feel it too, and they often can sense the way you&a...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

COVID Employer Support Task Force Launching to Provide Guidance to Local Businesses

On April 23, 2020, the Public Health Advisory Board began the process to create a Task Force made up of community members representing a variety of employment sectors, from retail to agriculture. Task Force members will work with health department staff t...

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Posted on: May 10, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 Data Update

We’ve updated the charts on our website that show the weekly number of confirmed cases and COVID-19 attributed deaths with numbers for the week of Sunday, May 3 through Saturday, May 9.

Five deaths attributed to COVID-19 were reported to us duri...

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Posted on: May 10, 2020

Becoming a Parent during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Adjusting to parenthood is challenging in the best of times, let alone during a global pandemic. Needing to stay away from others along with hearing daily information about the COVID-19 outbreak can add to feelings of anxiety and depression in new parents...

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Posted on: May 9, 2020

Contact Tracing to Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Knowing where and how people could have been exposed to COVID-19 can help slow the spread of infection in our community. Contact tracing - a part of our disease investigations -  contains further spread of COVID-19 by identifying people who have ...

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Posted on: May 7, 2020

Everyone Deserves Safety and Support

Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored by a domestic partner, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787&a...

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

Northern Whatcom County Beaches Closed to Recreational Shellfish Harvest

Paralytic shellfish poisoning biotoxin has reached unsafe levels in molluscan
shellfish in Drayton Harbor. Recreational shellfish harvesting is closed on all beaches from Birch Point north to the Canadian Border, including all of Point Roberts.

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Posted on: May 6, 2020

We're Still Here to Help - Just From a Distance.

You’ve been hearing a lot from us about how public health plays an important role in keeping our community healthy. Although much of the Health Department staff has been busy responding to the COVID-19 crisis and our offices are temporarily clos...

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Posted on: May 5, 2020

Mental Health and COVID-19

Every May, we mark Mental Health Awareness Month, acknowledging the millions of Americans who live with a mental illness every day. We know that dealing with COVID-19 makes this even more challenging. Now more than ever is a time to resist mental health s...

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Posted on: May 3, 2020

Weekly COVID-19 data update

The charts on our website showing the total number of confirmed cases in Whatcom County have been updated for the week beginning Sunday, April 26 to Saturday, May 2nd. 

There were 29 new cases of COVID-19 reporting during the past week, which is a...

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Posted on: May 3, 2020

Washington's Phased Approach & More Access to Outdoor Recreation

On Tuesday, May 5th, state lands are set to reopen as part of Washington’s phased approach to reopen businesses and outdoor recreation. Phase 1 begins on May 5th. 

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Posted on: April 30, 2020

Got Symptoms? Get Tested!

COVID-19 testing capacity is growing in Whatcom County, and that means that more people can get tested. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19 below, stay home and contact your healthcare provider to ask about how to get tested. ...

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Posted on: April 28, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 28, 2020

On April 28, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting three (3) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 293 and the number of deaths associated with the illness is now 28. 

The average number of ne...

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Posted on: April 27, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 27, 2020

On April 27, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 290 and the number of deaths remains at 27. 

The number of new, confirmed COVID-19 cases each d...

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Posted on: April 26, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 26, 2020

On April 26, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting five (5) new confirmed cases of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 289 and the number of deaths remains at 27. 

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Posted on: April 25, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 25, 2020

On April 25, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 284 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Whatcom County Executive Delays Payment Deadlines, Waives Late Fees for Restaurants and Taverns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 24, 2020  

Media Contact: Melissa Morin, Communications Specialist

Phone: (360) 594-2504

E-mail address: mmorin@co.whatcom.wa.us

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Posted on: April 24, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 24, 2020

On April 24, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 283 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

WUC Opens Isolation, Quarantine Facility; Medical Referral Required

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThursday, April 23, 2020Media Contact: Claudia Murphy, Joint Information CenterPhone: (360) 815-2701E-mail address: WUC_JIC@co.whatcom.wa.usA motel facility opened Wednesday, April 22, on Byron Avenue in Bellingham, to provid...

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Posted on: April 23, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 23, 2020

On April 23, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 282 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 22, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 22, 2020

On April 22, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 281 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 21, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 21, 2020

On April 21, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new confirmed case of COVID-19. The total number of confirmed cases is now 280 and the number of associated deaths remains at 27.

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Posted on: April 20, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 20, 2020

On April 20, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and one (1) new death. The total number of confirmed cases is 278 and the total number of associated deaths is 27.

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Posted on: April 19, 2020

Balancing Teleworking & Distance Learning

Many of us don’t have experience teleworking or teaching our children from home. We’re facing challenges trying to help our children adjust to distance learning while we’re also adjusting to remote work routines. Having patie...

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Posted on: April 19, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 19, 2020

On April 19, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and one (1) new death. The total number of confirmed cases is 277, and the number of associated deaths is 26.

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Posted on: April 18, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 18, 2020

On April 18, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting five (5) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero (0) new deaths. The total number of confirmed cases is 276, and the number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 17, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 17, 2020

On April 17, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting zero (0) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero (0) new deaths. The total number of confirmed cases is 271, and the number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

For family and friends of long term care facility residents

Do you have a loved one who is a resident of a long term care facility, nursing home, or assisted living facility? We know it’s very challenging to be separated from your loved ones right now. Know that the protection of your loved ones&rsqu...

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Posted on: April 16, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 16, 2020

On April 16, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero new deaths. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 271. The number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Keep Our Open Spaces Safe Places During COVID-19

It’s starting to feel more like Spring in our lovely corner of the Pacific Northwest, and that means we may be eager to use our county’s extensive trail and park network. Getting outside can reduce stress, keep you physically active, a...

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Posted on: April 15, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 15, 2020

On April 15, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting four (4) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and zero new deaths. This brings the number of confirmed cases to 269. The number of associated deaths remains at 25.

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Whatcom County Health Department briefs press on COVID-19 model

One of public health’s core functions is to lead community-wide planning and response efforts during public health emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic. Our decision-making is based on science and the best available data. We collect, synthesiz...

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Posted on: April 14, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 14, 2020

On April 14, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new confirmed case of COVID-19 and two (2) additional deaths associated with the illness. This brings the county’s total number of confirmed cases to 265 and the total ...

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Posted on: April 13, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 13, 2020

On April 13, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting one (1) new case of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 264. The total number of deaths remains at 23 in Whatcom County.

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Posted on: April 12, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 12, 2020

On April 12, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting two (2) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 263. The total number of deaths remains at 23 in Whatcom County. 

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Posted on: April 11, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 11, 2020

On April 11, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting eleven (11) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and no new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 261. The total number of deaths...

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Whatcom Unified Command moves to expand isolation, quarantine capacity

With work currently underway to activate an isolation and quarantine facility in Bellingham, Whatcom Unified Command (WUC) is securing isolation and quarantine facilities in other cities throughout Whatcom County.

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Staying engaged safely with your religious community during the COVID-19 outbreak

Faith-based organizations and leaders play an important role in many of our lives.  They are sources of connection, comfort and support throughout the year.  The places we find connection, strength and comfort are especially important du...

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Posted on: April 10, 2020

Whatcom County COVID-19 Update for April 10, 2020

On April 10, 2020, the Whatcom County Health Department is reporting seven (7) new cases of COVID-19 in Whatcom County and two (2) new deaths related to the illness.  This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 250 and the total number of ...

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Posted on: April 8, 2020

Farmers Market to Open with Support from Whatcom County Health Department

The Bellingham Farmers Market will open for the season on Saturday, April 11th. Farmers Markets are listed as essential businesses, just like grocery stores, under the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Healthy Order.

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Posted on: April 3, 2020

Rapid COVID-19 Testing for High Priority Populations Now Available from WCHD

Rapid COVID-19 Testing for High Priority Populations Now Available from Whatcom County Health Department

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *UPDATE / CORRECTION*April 3, 2020 Media Contact: Claudia Murphy, WUC Public Information OfficerPhone: ...

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Vaccine Town Hall for Businesses

WCHD and Safer Stronger Together Town Hall

Have you been wondering about how the COVID-19 vaccine might impact your staff and your workplace? Please bring your questions and join us for a Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 12:00-12:45 to learn more abo...

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Posted on: February 5, 2021

Vaccine Update for Businesses 2.5.2021

During the week of February 1, providers in Whatcom County are due to receive 700 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine. To date, providers in Whatcom County have received a total of 14,550 vaccine doses. 

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Vaccine Update for Businesses 1.29.21

The new B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19, commonly referred to as the “UK variant,” has been reported in Snohomish and Pierce counties. While this is cause for concern, it is not cause for alarm. 

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Vaccine Update for Businesses 1.22.21

This week, Washington State Department of Health announced that individuals in Phase 1B Tier 1 are now eligible to be vaccinated. This opens up vaccinations to people 65 and older, and people who are 50 and older who live in multigenerat...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

COVID-19 Update for Businesses 1.15.2021

In the past week, Whatcom County has seen an alarming and sharp increase in COVID-19 cases. In the first 10 days of January, there were as many positive cases as there were for the entire month of December, which itself was a record-high...

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Vaccine Update for Businesses 1.8.2021

Right now, we are in Phase 1a of the state’s vaccine allocation plan, with a focus on the highest risk individuals such as frontline healthcare workers and residents and staff of long-term care facilities. There is cur...

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Vaccine Update for Schools 1.30.21

Vaccines by the Numbers

Providers in Whatcom County received 1,700 first doses this week, bringing Whatcom County’s total allotment of first doses from the state to 13,850. As of Jan. 25, providers in Whatcom County have administered 11,998 COVID...

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Posted on: January 20, 2021

Vaccine Update for Schools 1.20.21

On Monday, 1/18, the Washington State Department of Health announced that individuals in Phase 1B Tier 1 are now eligible to be vaccinated. This opens up vaccinations to people 65 and older, and people who are 50 and older who live in multigenerational ho...

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

COVID-19 Update for Schools 1.15.2021

Why are schools planning to bring more students back to in-person learning while case rates in Whatcom are high?

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Posted on: January 8, 2021

Vaccine Update for K-12 Teachers and School Staff 1.8.2021

There have been many questions about when teachers and school staff can get vaccinated against COVID-19. 

Because the COVID-19 vaccines are in limited supply, the state Department of Health (DOH) is using a phased approach to vaccine allocation. W...

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Posted on: April 9, 2021

Joint Proclamation of Administrative Professionals Week April 19-23

Whatcom County Executive Satpal Sidhu and Mayor Bellingham Seth Fleetwood jointly proclaim the week of April 19-23 as Administrative Professionals Week to recognize administrative professionals throughout the County.

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Posted on: April 7, 2021

Whatcom County Coronavirus Variant Update for 4/7/21

Coronavirus variants have been detected in Whatcom County, and there’s speculation about what they might mean for the pandemic and vaccination efforts. Here’s what we know right now.

What is a variant?

All viruses mutate. As they make copies of the...

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Posted on: March 22, 2021

Phase 3 of the Roadmap to Recovery Begins March 22, but Whatcom County Should Still Be Careful

Whatcom County and the rest of Washington State moved into Phase 3 of the Healthy Washington - Roadmap to Recovery plan on Monday, March 22. That means we’re getting a step closer to normal. 

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Posted on: March 23, 2021

Outdoor Park Shelters and Picnic Areas Opening to Reservation

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Whatcom County Parks will begin taking reservations for outdoor park shelters and picnic areas beginning Monday, March 29th at 9am. Reservations will be accepted for groups of 75 people or less at the Hovander Group Picnic Shelter and 50 people or less at...

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Posted on: April 2, 2021

Joint Proclamation for National Health Week April 5-11

County Executive Sidhu and Bellingham Mayor Fleetwood jointly proclaim April 5 to 11 National Public Health Week to honor the value of public health and celebrate it's accomplishments on behalf of our community.

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Share your Opinion with Whatcom County Parks

Every six years Whatcom County Parks & Recreation updates the Park, Recreation & Open Space (CPROS) plan as required by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office to be considered for grant funding. Last updated in 2016, the next upda...

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Reservations Opening for Group Camp at Silver Lake Park

Reservations for Group Camp at Silver Lake Park will open at 9am on Thursday, March 18th. Please call the Parks Administrative Office to make your reservation at 360-778-5850.

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Posted on: October 29, 2020

Assessor Introduces GIS Tax Parcel Viewer

The Whatcom County Assessor’s Office has launched an online Tax Parcel Viewer based on ArcGIS software. The GIS map provides access to tax parcels and related assessment information.

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Posted on: August 5, 2020

Funding to Support Rent and Mortgage Payments Available Now

The Whatcom County Health Department is working with local partners to implement two new housing assistance programs funded by the CARES Act that will provide over $3,300,000 for Whatcom County households that have been financially impacted by COVID-19. T...

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Posted on: July 10, 2020

New Resources Website for Whatcom County Providers

Our local care providers work hard for our safety, from managing their daily duties to keeping up with the rapid influx of new information received daily. To support this critical work, the Whatcom County Health Department launched a new website tailored ...

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Posted on: June 12, 2020

Limited In-Office County Services Available by Appointment

Starting Monday, June 15, citizens may begin making appointments for certain limited in-office services provided by the Whatcom County Auditor, Treasurer, and Assessor’s offices. Appointments will be available starting Wednesday, June 17. In ord...

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Masks and Social Distancing Mandatory at County Courthouse

Presiding Superior Court Judge Garrett has issued an administrative order on public health measures to protect the safety and security of all people in the County Courthouse effective Monday May 11, 2020. This order requires that all employees, vendors, a...

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Posted on: March 23, 2021

Outdoor Park Shelters and Picnic Areas Opening to Reservation

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Whatcom County Parks will begin taking reservations for outdoor park shelters and picnic areas beginning Monday, March 29th at 9am. Reservations will be accepted for groups of 75 people or less at the Hovander Group Picnic Shelter and 50 people or less at...

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Share Your Opinion with Whatcom County Parks

Every six years Whatcom County Parks & Recreation updates the Park, Recreation & Open Space (CPROS) plan as required by the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office to be considered for grant funding. Last updated in 2016, the next upda...

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Posted on: March 15, 2021

Reservations Opening for Group Camp at Silver Lake Park

Reservations for Group Camp at Silver Lake Park will open at 9am on Thursday, March 18th. Please call the Parks Administrative Office to make your reservation at 360-778-5850.

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Posted on: April 2, 2020

Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve Stairway Closed

The Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve stairway is closed to the public due to structural damage caused by winter storms. The stairway structure was declared unsafe and closed to the public in February of 2020.

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review Public Comment Period and Public Hearing

Whatcom County and Washington Department of Ecology are accepting comments on a periodic review of the County’s shoreline master program (SMP) under RCW 90.58.080(4). The County has prepared draft SMP amendments to keep the SMP current with changes in sta...

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Additional Info... Planning & Development Services – Shoreline Master Program Update 2020
Posted on: August 20, 2020

Shoreline Management Program Periodic Update Draft Amendment Available for Public Review

The draft amendments to Whatcom County’s Shoreline Management Program are being issued for public review prior to review by the Planning Commission, County Council, and Department of Ecology. Amendments are being proposed to various parts of the...

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Additional Info... Planning & Development Services – Shoreline Master Program Update 2020

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Posted on: March 19, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Largely Complete

Crews will put up signage, monitor plantings, and demobilize equipment. Thank you for your patience during this project! Please save the date of Saturday, Aug. 21, for a community celebration with the Birch Bay Chamber - follow the Chamber for details!

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Posted on: March 12, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for March 15-19

Drivers can expect minimal single lane closures from 7am-5pm, Monday-Thursday. Crews will install benches, finish pedestrian path work, and other projects. We want to remind everyone to please avoid damaging the plantings. They are expensive to replace.

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Posted on: March 5, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for March 8-12

Crews will work 7am-5pm daily on a variety of tasks. Monday and Tuesday drivers should expect delays with lane closures for paving. Pedestrians, please stay off the new asphalt while it sets! Other work next week should have minimal impacts on traffic.

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Posted on: February 25, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for March 1-5

Drivers should expect single-lane closures and periodic delays as crews cut asphalt, pave, add plantings, and install limestone trail on the west side of Birch Bay Drive from Cottonwood to Beach Way.

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Posted on: February 19, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Feb. 22

Drivers can expect single-lane closures next week as crews work from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday on stormwater structures, sidewalk installation, and plantings on the berm.

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Posted on: February 12, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for Feb. 15-19

Drivers can expect single-lane closures as contractors install sidewalk, dig swales, and install plantings. Please remember to stay away from both workers and construction areas for your safety!

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Posted on: February 5, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Update for Feb. 8-12

Drivers can expect infrequent single-lane closures from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday. We ask pedestrians to give workers plenty of space, especially around the trail system! Workers will install plantings, install limestone on the trail, and pour sidewalks.

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Posted on: January 29, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Feb. 1

Drivers should expect single-lane road closures daily. Contractors will import gravel and place it west of Birch Bay Drive, install plantings, and put in stormwater structures from 7am-5pm. On Thursday, work will include berm shaping from 5pm-3am.

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Posted on: January 22, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the week of Jan. 25

Drivers can expect single-lane closures as construction continues from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday, installing swales, importing gravel west of the road, and planting. Crews will also work 5pm-3am on Thursday grading the berm north of Harborview Road.

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Posted on: January 15, 2021

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Jan. 18

Drivers can expect periodic single-lane closures from 7am - 5 pm as Granite Construction imports gravel west of Birch Bay Drive, places limestone along the pedestrian path, and installs swales. Concrete curb and sidewalk will also be poured.

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Posted on: January 14, 2021

Birch Bay Berm Performs Well During Jan. 13 Storm

before storm 01.13.2021

Last night’s storm with high tide and heavy wind was a good test of the structure of the berm. It performed as expected – excellent really. The berm was not damaged in the storm. A small amount of debris came through the berm near the ...

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Posted on: January 7, 2021

Birch Bay Drive update for the week of Jan. 11

Granite Construction will work from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday placing gravel west of the road, pouring concrete sidewalk, and preparing the limestone path. Drivers should expect periodic single lane closures. Please stay away from construction areas.

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Birch Bay Drive update for the week of Jan. 4

The contractor will work from 7am-5pm Monday-Friday. Drivers can expect intermittent single lane closures near the Harborview intersection as workers form sidewalks, plant vegetation, and import gravel. Please stay away from all construction work.

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Posted on: December 30, 2020

Birch Bay: Keep Your Berm Safe During New Year's Celebrations

As Birch Bay residents prepare for the annual Ring of Fire and Hope and the Polar Bear Plunge, we have a few tips to keep you and the construction site safe:

  • The beach area is still an active construction site. Stay away from all construction areas and equ...
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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 21-23

Crews will work from 7am-5pm Monday-Wednesday planting in the area north of the Bay Breeze Restaurant. No traffic impacts expected. No night work.

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 14-18

Granite Construction crews will work 7am-5pm Monday-Friday on plantings, excavation, sidewalk grading, and topsoil placement. These activities will have minimal traffic impacts. Crews will also work nights 4pm-2am Monday-Thursday importing gravel and plac...

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Posted on: December 4, 2020

Correction: Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 7-11

A notice was sent out at approx. 9:23am with the title Marie Drive Construction Update for Dec. 7-11. This update was for Birch Bay Drive, not Marine Drive. Please accept our apologies for this error.

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Posted on: December 4, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for Dec. 7-11

The week of Dec. 7-11, from 7am–5pm Monday-Friday, sidewalks and plantings will be installed. Our contractor, Granite, will install some stormwater structures and perform grading along the pedestrian path. This work will have minimal impacts on traffic. N...

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Posted on: November 30, 2020

Birch Bay Drive update for the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Nov. 30-Dec. 4 contractor crews will work both days and nights. Day shift 7am-5pm working on plantings and sidewalks, minimal traffic impacts. Night shift 4pm-2am importing gravel to place on the berm, with single-lane closures during those times.

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Posted on: November 13, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for the Week of Nov. 16

For the week of Nov. 16, the contractor, Granite Construction, will work 7am-5pm Monday-Friday pouring concrete for sidewalks and stairs, and night work 4pm-6am Monday-Thursday importing gravel. Drivers should expect single-lane closures.

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Posted on: November 6, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Construction Update for Nov. 9-13

For the week of Nov. 9, every day Granite will work from 7am to 5pm grading the path on the west side of Birch Bay Drive. Monday through Thursday, they will also work from 4pm to 2am delivering and importing gravel to the site.

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Construction Includes Both Day and Night Work Nov. 2-6

The week of Nov. 2-6, Granite Construction will work from 4pm-2am Monday-Thursday, and 7am-5pm Thursday-Friday. Crews will install stormwater utilities and continue to import gravel west of the road. Be prepared for single-lane road closures.

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Posted on: October 23, 2020

Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility Update for the Week of Oct. 26

The week of Oct. 26-30 Granite will work from 5am-5pm. Dump trucks will bring in and deliver gravel throughout the project area, crews will install manholes and stormwater outfalls near the intersection of Cottonwood Drive and Birch Bay Drive, and work on...

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Posted on: October 19, 2020

Birch Bay Drive work shifts to 4pm-2am this week

The week of Oct. 19-23, Granite will work from 4pm to 2am. Drivers should expect single-lane closures. Dump trucks will deliver gravel along the west side of Birch Bay Drive. Please avoid the area to reduce your chances of being delayed by construction.

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Project Update for Oct. 12-15

Drivers should expect single lane closures as Granite works from 5 am to 5 pm installing stormwater catch basins and storm sewer pipe west of Birch Bay Drive. The contractor will also clear vegetation and place gravel west of Birch Bay Drive. 

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Posted on: October 2, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Update for the Week of Oct. 5

Starting the week of Oct. 5, construction work will be from 7 am to 5 pm. Drivers should expect single lane closures Monday through Thursday. Crews with Granite Construction will deliver gravel and place it west of Birch Bay Drive, install a construction ...

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Posted on: September 25, 2020

Birch Bay Drive Project Work Scheduled for the Week of Sept 28

Poor weather conditions postponed gravel paving between Lora Lane and the Bay Breeze Restaurant previously scheduled for Sept. 22-23. The week of Sept. 28 construction work will be from 5am-5pm. Granite will install stormwater catch basins along the weste...

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Posted on: September 21, 2020

Birch Bay Work Postponed between Lora Lane and the Bay Breeze Restaurant

Expected rain this week has postponed gravel paving between Lora Lane and the Bay Breeze Restaurant previously scheduled for Sept. 22-23. We had asked the public to stay away during construction, but restrictions are postponed until the work begins.

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Posted on: August 11, 2020

Restoration Project will Deliver Logs via Helicopter; Public Should Not Approach Operation

BELLINGHAM, WA – Residents in Birch Bay may see a low-flying helicopter carrying logs in the area of Terrell Creek between Kickerville Road and Jackson Road as part of fish habitat improvements to the waterway. The habitat improvements will take...

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Postcard Going out to Deer Trail Neighbors

The postcard below is going out to property owners in the Deer Trail area in the next few days. Please encourage anyone who wants to follow this project to sign up for Notify Me to receive updates on Deer Trail work. 

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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Deer Trail Shoulder Work Happening Soon

Whatcom County Public Works will make improvements to the shoulder of the single passable lane of Deer Trail that will clean up mud and add gravel to make driving in this area easier. Crews must locate any underground utilities before the work can start.

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Posted on: February 3, 2021

Tonight: Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Virtual Public Meeting

Remember that the Jackson Road bridge replacement project public meeting starts at 6pm tonight, Wednesday, Feb. 3. 

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Posted on: January 21, 2021

Bridge Replacement FAQ's Available on Project Website

Whatcom County Public Works is planning to replace the Jackson Road bridge over Terrell Creek. We have built a project website and Frequently Asked Questions page with information on the process, exact location, and how you can get involved.

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Posted on: January 19, 2021

Public Survey Now Available for Jackson Road Bridge Replacement Project

Public Works invites anyone who uses the Jackson Road bridge in Birch Bay to take an online survey to help us design a replacement bridge: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QZWBBNM

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Posted on: March 29, 2021

April 14 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 14, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

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Posted on: March 25, 2021

Whatcom County Council Passes Ferry Fare Surcharge Ordinance

On Tuesday, March 23, the Whatcom County Council unanimously passed, with the support of the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee, a $1 surcharge on most ferry trips. The surcharge will begin later in 2021. No start date has been set.

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Posted on: March 18, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale April 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 15, 2021

Contact: Chantelle HilsingerPhone: 360-778-6200Email: ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, April 7, at the ferry office, locate...

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Posted on: March 3, 2021

March 10 Repair Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 3, 2021

Contact: Rich Hudson, Ferry Senior MasterPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, for repairs of the Lummi Island ...

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Posted on: March 1, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale March 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 1, 2021

Contact: Chantelle HilsingerPhone: 360-778-6200Email: ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, March 10, at the ferry office, locate...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

February 24 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 1, 2021

Contact: Rich Hudson, Ferry Senior MasterPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, for inspection and mainten...

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Posted on: February 1, 2021

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale February 10

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFebruary 1, 2021

Contact: Chantelle HilsingerPhone: 360-778-6200Email: ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, at the ferry office, ...

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Posted on: January 11, 2021

Ferry Increased Weight Limits for Personal Vehicles on Jan. 1

On January 1, 2021, the Ferry Division increased the maximum gross vehicle weight for personal vehicles on the Whatcom Chief from 8,000 lbs to 11,000 lbs. The increased weight limit applies to all $13 single ride round trips, and all multi-ride punch card...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Credit Card Fees Will Apply to Single-Ride Ferry Fares Starting Jan. 1

Starting on Jan. 1, 2021, the Ferry Division will charge a .50 cent credit card fee on all single-ride fare transactions. Multi-ride passes purchased with a credit card already pay a credit card fee. This change adds consistency by also charging a credit ...

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Posted on: December 18, 2020

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sale January 13

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale is from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current n...

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Posted on: December 11, 2020

Annual US Coast Guard Inspection Dec. 16 Could Affect 1pm Ferry Sailing

The US Coast Guard will conduct an annual safety inspection of the Whatcom Chief on Wednesday, Dec. 16. This may delay or cancel the round trip 1:00PM run from Lummi Island. The Public Works Department would like to thank everyone in advance for their coo...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Next Monthly Ferry Punch Card Sales December 2

The next Whatcom County Ferry Division monthly punch card sale will be from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. on Wednesday, December 2, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for c...

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Posted on: November 18, 2020

Electrical Issues at Lummi Island Dock Cause Ferry Schedule Delays

Electrical issues at the Lummi Island dock are causing ferry schedule delays. County crews are on-site and assessing the situation. The ferry is still operating, but not able to maintain the posted schedule at this time. Riders should expect delays. Addit...

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Posted on: November 17, 2020

December 9 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 9, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

 The Lummi Island Ferry will...

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

Monthly Lummi Island Ferry Punch Card Sales Resume November 4

Whatcom County’s Ferry Division will resume monthly punch card sales with a November sale from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, November 4, at the ferry office, located at the island-side ferry terminal. All types of ferry punch cards will be s...

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Posted on: October 22, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Expands COVID-19 Sailing Schedule Oct. 26; Punch Card Procedures Also Changing

After running on a reduced COVID-19 schedule since March, the Whatcom Chief will resume a more traditional weekday schedule starting on Monday, Oct. 26, with a regular, pre-COVID schedule for the morning and daytime hours, and a revised schedule from 3pm ...

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Posted on: October 9, 2020

October 21 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 21, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

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Posted on: September 29, 2020

Whatcom Chief Scheduled to Return to Service Oct. 3

The Whatcom Chief is scheduled to return to service at 6pm on Saturday, Oct. 3, after three weeks in dry dock. This scheduled return is dependent on upon successful completion of the remaining shipyard repairs and sea trials.

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Posted on: September 24, 2020

High winds could cause ferry service disruptions Thursday night and Friday

Windy conditions have already delayed or canceled ferry service to Lummi Island this week, and forecasters are predicting that a stronger system will arrive Thursday night and Friday. Travelers should prepare for ferry delays due to weather associated wit...

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Posted on: September 8, 2020

Final COVID-19 Passenger Only Ferry Use Policy Available Online

Whatcom County Public Works appreciates everyone who took the time to make public comment on our passenger-only ferry and shuttle van COVID-19 policy while it was in draft form. We have made some modifications and published a final policy document on our ...

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Public Comments and Responses to Ferry's COVID-19 Policy Now Available

Whatcom County Public Works created a draft COVID-19 policy for the Lummi Island passenger-only ferry and shuttle van service while the Whatcom Chief is in dry dock. Anonymized comments and agency responses are now available online.  

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Posted on: August 28, 2020

Ferry Dry Dock Update: Additional Vehicle Parking Map Added

The Lummi Island Ferry dry dock webpage has been updated with a new map showing additional parking locations on the mainland for vehicles to use during dry dock. 

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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Ferry Dry Dock Shuttle Service and Vehicle Parking Information Available Online

Our Ferry Division is preparing for the annual dry dock maintenance of the Whatcom Chief, scheduled to begin on Sept. 12. We have updated our Dry Dock Webpage with additional information on our island shuttle van service and personal vehicle parking maps ...

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Posted on: August 19, 2020

Pavement Striping Operations Rescheduled for Aug. 25-26 on Lummi Island Roads

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 25-26, on paved Lummi Island roads. This is the final step in the chip seal road work project. This work was originally scheduled Aug. 17-18 but was rescheduled...

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Posted on: August 13, 2020

Ferry's Draft COVID-19 Dry Dock Policy Available; Public Comment Open Through Aug. 28

We are creating a COVID-19 policy for the passenger-only ferry and shuttle van service that will provide transportation to and from Lummi Island while the Whatcom Chief is in dry dock.

We are balancing the prevention requirements of operating a ferry durin...

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Posted on: August 12, 2020

Lummi Island Supplemental Parking Lot Closes for Maintenance Aug. 22

The supplemental Lummi Island ferry parking lot will close for maintenance from Saturday, August 22, through Friday, August 28.

  • All vehicles must be removed from this parking lot no later than Friday evening, August 21.
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Posted on: August 4, 2020

Public Works Gravel on Lummi Island to be Used for Additional Projects

Whatcom County Public Works has had a number of people ask about purchasing potential surplus gravel from our island maintenance projects. A large portion of the gravel we brought over to the island was used for chip seal road work. Now that the chip seal...

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Posted on: August 3, 2020

Public Works Gravel on Lummi Island

We’ve had a number of people on Lummi Island ask about potential surplus gravel from our island maintenance projects, and if that material would be available for purchase. First, we do still have some work left to do on the island that will use ...

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Tide-Related Weight Restrictions in August

Trucks over 40,000 GVW are prohibited during tides below zero. 

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Posted on: July 30, 2020

Lummi Island Chip Seal Road Work Update

Chip seal operations on Lummi Island are complete. Islanders will notice that all our signage is still up. The project isn’t officially done quite yet. The paint striping machine will come through soon and re-stripe the roadway markings. Re-stri...

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

August 19 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, for inspection and maintenance of the ferry terminal facilities at both Lummi Island and Gooseberry Point. 

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Posted on: July 28, 2020

August 5 Punch Card Sale at Lummi Island Ferry Office

Punch card sales will be from 5:20 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at the Lummi Island ferry office. All types of ferry punch cards will be sold, including those for current needs-based customers. Payments may be made by check or credit card. No cash...

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Posted on: July 24, 2020

Whatcom Chief Scheduled for Dry Dock Maintenance and Repairs Sept. 12-Oct. 3

The Whatcom Chief will be out of service for dry dock repairs and maintenance starting the morning of Saturday, Sept. 12, and is expected to return to service the evening of Saturday, Oct. 3. The return date is tentative and subject to change; additional ...

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Posted on: July 23, 2020

Chip Seal Road Work Scheduled on Lummi Island and Lummi Nation July 27-30

Whatcom County has scheduled the following roads for chip sealing from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. starting Monday, July 27, and continuing through Thursday, July 30.

Lummi Island Roads:

  • BLIZARD RD
  • LANE SPIT DR
  • NUGENT RD

Lummi Nation and Other County Roads:

  • BOYNTON ...
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Posted on: July 16, 2020

Roads Scheduled for Chip Seal Work July 20-23 on Lummi Island and Peninsula

Whatcom County has scheduled the following roads for chip sealing beginning Monday, July 20 and continuing through Thursday, July 23 from 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Lummi Island Roads:

• Blizard Rd• Cedar Pl• Centerview Rd• ...

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Posted on: July 15, 2020

Heavy Truck Traffic on Lummi Ferry July 16

Ferry passengers should expect long wait times for the Lummi Island Ferry from 8am-5pm on Thursday, July 16, due to heavy truck traffic.

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Posted on: July 8, 2020

Additional Lummi Island Roads Scheduled for Chip Seal Work Starting July 13

Whatcom County has scheduled additional roads for chip sealing on Lummi Island. Work on the following roads will begin on Monday, July 13, and continue through Thursday, July 16, from 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

  • Antoinette Lane
  • Blizard Road
  • Centerview Road
  • Consti...
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Posted on: June 30, 2020

July Weight Restrictions on the Lummi Island Ferry

We impose vehicle weight restrictions on the Lummi Island Ferry during tides lower than zero to prevent damage to our docks. Any vehicle over 40,000 GVW is prohibited on the ferry during these low tides. Read our July weight restrictions letter with speci...

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Posted on: June 26, 2020

Lummi Island Chip Seal Road Work Notification

Whatcom County has scheduled chip sealing on Lummi Island beginning Tuesday, July 7 and continuing through Thursday, July 9 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This project includes all paved county roads and will begin in the Hales Pass...

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Posted on: June 25, 2020

Lummi Island Road Maintenance Starts in July

Every paved county road on Lummi Island is planned for chip seal road maintenance starting around July 6. The exact start date may change due to weather and other factors. We will keep you updated through this communication tool as more information become...

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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Ferry Pass Purchases Take Longer During COVID-19 Restrictions

We care about the safety and health of our passengers and crew. We’ve put together a few reminders for our ferry travelers related to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Online Ticket Sales:

  • Please do not wait until the last minute to purchase a punc...
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Posted on: June 16, 2020

Drivers Should Expect Delays during Roadway Chip Sealing Starting June 22

Each year Whatcom County Public Works selects roadways for preventative maintenance known as bituminous surface treatment, or commonly known as chip sealing. Most areas are selected on a rotating 10-12 year cycle.  Roadways in three areas of What...

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Posted on: May 15, 2020

June 3 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

June 3 Service Outage Planned for Lummi Island Ferry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 15, 2020 Contact: Rich Hudson, Senior Ferry MasterPhone: 360-778-6200Email: Ferry@co.whatcom.wa.us The Whatcom Chief will be out of service from 10:10 a.m. &...

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Posted on: May 13, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Service Outage Planned for May 21

The Lummi Island Ferry will be out of service for a dry dock shipyard pre-bid meeting onboard the vessel. This outage will occur on Thursday, May 21, from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 2:00 p.m. There will be no ferry service during this time.

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Posted on: May 11, 2020

Fares Resume May 18 for Lummi Island Ferry with Collection/Punch Card Changes

Beginning Monday, May 18, fare collection will resume onboard the Whatcom Chief. In an effort to maintain social distancing and keep both customers and employees safe, Lummi Island Ferry staff will no longer accept cash. In addition, ferry crew will no lo...

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

03/26/20 Lummi Island COVID19 Ferry Sailing Schedule

03/26/20 FERRY Modified Schedule Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Sailing Schedule Changes effective as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Stay-at-Home Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing a special modified sailing schedule.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry COVID19 Sailing Schedule Changes effective as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Stay-at-Home Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing a special modified sailing schedule.

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Fare Collection Update as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Shelter-in-Place Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing the following changes to the Lummi Island Ferry’s operations.

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News Flash

Posted on: April 7, 2021

Public Works Department Prepares for 2021 Road Shoulder Herbicide Program

The 2021 Whatcom County Road Shoulder Herbicide Program will begin soon. Approximately 250 miles of roads are normally scheduled for seasonal treatment. Lawns and yard areas may have a minimum 12” wide strip treated to aid in drainage and minimize pavemen...

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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: January 27, 2021

Daytime Road Closure Notice for Lake Whatcom Boulevard Feb. 2-4

The Whatcom County Public Works Department will close Lake Whatcom Boulevard between Lake Louise Rd and Cain Lake/South Bay Rd from 9:00am to 3:00pm on Tuesday, February 2, through Thursday, February 4, for long arm mowing and tree clean up. This closure ...

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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: October 8, 2020

Axlund Road Closing Oct. 15-16 for Culvert Replacement

The Whatcom County Public Works Department will close Axlund Road between Barnhart Road and H Street Road from 8:30am on Thursday, October 15, through 4:30pm on Friday, October 16, for a culvert installation project. This closure will be in effect 24-hour...

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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: September 17, 2020

Axlund Road Work Cancelled Due to Weather

Axlund Road work scheduled for Sept. 23-24 has been canceled. No new date has been set yet for this work. Please direct questions to Whatcom County Public Works, Maintenance and Operations at (360) 778-6400.

Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Pavement Striping on Slater Road Scheduled for Sept. 17; Drivers Should Expect Delays

Slater Striping Map

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday, September 17, on Slater Road from Ferndale city limits to Lake Terrell Road. Drivers should expect long delays during this work. Please use alternate routes whenever possible. Sa...

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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Lena Road Closure Sept. 14-15 for Culvert Replacement

Lena Road Closure

The Whatcom County Public Works Department will close Lena Road between Finkbonner Road and Lummi View Drive from 8 am on Monday, September 14, through 4:30 pm on Tuesday, September 15, for a culvert installation project. This closure will be in effect 24...

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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: September 8, 2020

Pavement Striping on Mosquito Lake Road Sept. 9-10; Drivers Should Expect Delays During Work

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm Wednesday, September 9, and Thursday, September 10, on Mosquito Lake Road. Drivers should expect long delays during this work. Please use alternate routes whenever possible.

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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Pavement Striping on Birch Bay Lynden Road Scheduled for Sept. 3

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday, September 3, on Birch Bay Lynden Road from Harborview Road to Lynden City Limits. Drivers should expect long delays during this work. Please use alternate routes whenever possibl...

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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: August 26, 2020

Lummi Island Pavement Striping Rescheduled for Sept. 1-2

Pavement Striping operations are scheduled from 6:00 am and 6:00 pm on Tuesday, September 1, and Wednesday, September 2 on paved Lummi Island roads. This work was rescheduled from August due to mechanical issues, and to avoid conflicts with garbage pickup...

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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Pavement Striping on Hannegan Road Rescheduled for Thursday, Aug. 27

Pavement striping operations originally scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 20 have been rescheduled due to forecasted rain. The work is now expected to take place from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Thursday, August 27, on Hannegan Road from the Bellingham city limits to L...

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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: August 6, 2020

Chip Seal Road Work Scheduled on Lummi Reservation Aug. 10-13

Whatcom County has scheduled the following Lummi Reservation roads, including the Kel Bay area, for chip sealing from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 10, and continuing through Thursday, August 13.

•    BAYVIEW DRIVE&nb...

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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Lummi Nation Roads Scheduled for Chip Seal Work Aug. 3-6

Whatcom County has scheduled the following roads for chip sealing from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday, August 3, and continuing through Thursday, August 6.

  • Bay Place  
  • Bay Street
  • Bay View Drive
  • Bayshore Drive 
  • Beach Place 
  • Harbor Lane&...
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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations
Posted on: July 30, 2020

Striping on Lake Whatcom Blvd and Lake Louise Road Aug. 5

Pavement striping operations are scheduled Wednesday, August 5, on Lake Whatcom Boulevard and Lake Louise Road. Lake Whatcom Boulevard work will begin at 9am and Lake Louise Road work will start at approximately 11am. 

Only local residents will be...

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Public Works - Maintenance & Operations

News Flash

Posted on: March 4, 2021

Utility Relocation Work Starts Mid-March on Marine Drive

Starting in mid-March, users of Marine Drive can expect periodic single-lane closures and road shoulder work as crews relocate utility poles, water meters, buried natural gas and communication lines, etc. for the upcoming roadway widening project.

Visit the project webpage. Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: November 23, 2020

Marine Drive Improvement Planning Continues

Whatcom County Public Works and its consultant, Pacific Survey and Engineering, Inc., are working towards a 100% design document. This will include technical components of the roadway widening, stormwater and water quality system design, street lighting, ...

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Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: November 20, 2020

Community Invited to Virtual Marine Drive Trail Planning Meeting

The Port of Bellingham, along with the City of Bellingham and Whatcom County, will host a Marine Drive Trail System virtual update from 3:30-4:30 pm on Nov. 30. The virtual meeting will start with a presentation of draft trail concepts. Following the pres...

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Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Results of Marine Drive Survey

We received 27 responses to our Marine Drive survey. We appreciate everyone who took the time to take the survey and to share it with their friends and neighbors. Your responses will help us as we continue to plan this project. 

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Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project
Posted on: July 7, 2020

Marine Drive Reconstruction Project Update for July 1, 2020

Whatcom County Public Works has been working with our hired design consultant, Pacific Survey and Engineering, Inc., toward developing the project to the 60% design level, which includes:  

  • Roadway widening. 
  • Stormwater and water quality s...
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Public Works - Marine Drive Reconstruction Project

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News Flash

Posted on: March 19, 2021

Lake Whatcom Annual Meeting March 31 at 6:30 p.m.

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The public is invited to learn more about the Lake Whatcom Management Program at an online meeting of the Bellingham City Council, Whatcom County Council, and the Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District Board of Commissioners on March 31. Topics discussed w...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: March 17, 2021

Public Works Natural Resources Division 2020 Annual Report

NR annual report 2020

Over two tons of weeds removed, beaches inspected for European Green Crabs, “Scoop the Poop” pledges received, salmon habitat improved and so much more--our Natural Resources Division got a lot done last year. Get all the details in our 2020 Annual Report...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: January 27, 2021

Public Participation Sought for Jackson Bridge Replacement at Virtual Meeting and Online Survey

Whatcom County Public Works plans to replace the Jackson Road Bridge over Terrell Creek in Birch Bay. The project is in the planning phase, and a size, type, and location analysis is underway. The public is encouraged to provide their input through an onl...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: November 19, 2020

Public Works Launches New Travel Planning Tool; COVID-19 Could Impact Snow Response

Whatcom County Public Works (WCPW) has launched a new online tool for residents that shows active construction projects and snow routes called the County Travel Planner; it includes an interactive map so travelers can plan their routes. This is especially...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: October 27, 2020

Traffic Reduced to One Lane on Nootka Loop Starting Nov. 2 for Construction

P&P Excavating, LLC will construct stormwater improvements along Birch Point Drive at Nootka Loop (the east entrance to Birch Bay Village). These project improvements include installing a new catch basin with a check valve and additional storm pipe. T...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: October 19, 2020

Leeward Way Daytime Road Closures Start Monday

A portion of Leeward Way will close from 7:00am to 7:00pm on weekdays starting Monday, October 26, through Friday, December 4. The closure will be about 150-feet north of Southgate Road. Crews will install a storm pipe to improve water drainage.

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Posted on: September 2, 2020

Leeward Way Drainage Improvement Construction Starts in October

Henifin Construction, LLC will construct stormwater improvements along Leeward Way to reduce standing water on the roadway during heavy rains. The work is scheduled to start on Monday, Oct. 5, the roadwork will begin at Leeward Way and Southgate Road, and...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: August 19, 2020

Lummi River Levee Repair Complete

Lummi River Levee Repair Before and After

Whatcom County Public Works collaborated with Lummi Nation Public Works to repair 325 feet of levee along the Lummi River near its confluence with Lummi Bay. The levee protects portions of the Lummi Reservation, including public roadways, and is a critica...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: August 18, 2020

One Day Closure of Edgewater Lane's South Entrance Set For Aug. 26

The southerly entrance to Edgewater Lane will close from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm on Wednesday, August 26, for the installation of new storm pipe. The north entrance to Edgewater Lane will remain open.Visit the project website for additional information.

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Public Works - News
Posted on: August 3, 2020

Northshore Drive / Edgewater Lane Stormwater Improvements Start Aug. 10

Whatcom County will improve the water quality of Lake Whatcom, the drinking water source for many city and county residents, with a project that will include installing a new 8-ft x 12-ft stormwater treatment vault and installing 600 feet of new stormwate...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 23, 2020

Road Striping on Smith, Northwest and Axton Scheduled for July 28; Drivers Should Expect Long Delays

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday, July 28, on the following roads; 

• E. Smith Rd between Hannegan Rd & Guide Meridian

• W. Smith Rd between Guide Meridian & Ferndale City Limits

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 21, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Crew Rescue Distressed Kayakers

Keen observation and quick action by the captain and crew of the Whatcom Chief saved two kayakers on Thursday, July 16. During a routine trip between Lummi Island and the mainland, Whatcom Chief Captain Gary Poole noticed a kayak in the distance that was ...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Pavement Striping on Smith, Silver Lake, and S. Pass Roads July 20-23

Pavement Striping operations are scheduled from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm Tuesday, July 21, on Smith Road, from Hannegan to Northwest Drive. Drivers should expect long delays during this work. Please use alternate routes whenever possible.

Striping is also schedu...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 8, 2020

Pavement Striping on Everson-Goshen Road Set for July 15; Drivers Should Expect Long Delays

Pavement striping operations are scheduled from 6am to 6pm Wednesday, July 15 on Everson-Goshen Road from SR 542 (Mt. Baker Hwy) to E. Pole Road. Drivers should expect long delays during this work. Please use alternate routes whenever possible. 

S...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: July 7, 2020

Registration Open for Drought Planning and Preparedness Speaker Series

Community members are invited to join a virtual forum organized by the Whatcom Watershed Information Network and the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee (MRC) to learn about drought vulnerability and preparedness in Whatcom County, and drought contingency ...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 26, 2020

Lummi Island Chip Seal Road Work Notification

Whatcom County has scheduled chip sealing on Lummi Island beginning Tuesday, July 7 and continuing through Thursday, July 9 between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. This project includes all paved county roads and will begin in the Hales Pass...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 22, 2020

Pavement Striping Everson Goshen Road Set for June 24; Drivers Should Expect Delays During Work

Pavement Striping operations are scheduled from 6am-6pm on Wednesday, June 24, for Everson Goshen Road. The affected portion of Everson Goshen Road is from Mt. Baker Hwy to E. Pole Road. Please use alternate routes when possible and plan for long delays w...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 18, 2020

Roads Scheduled for Phase One Chip Sealing June 22-25

Each year Whatcom County Public Works selects roadways for preventative maintenance known as bituminous surface treatment, commonly known as chip sealing. Lummi Nation roadways are scheduled first, starting on June 22.

The following roads are scheduled for...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 17, 2020

Public Invited to Help Collect Valuable Species Data Using Smartphone App

Community members are invited to become science volunteers as part of the newest project by the North Sound Stewards Program, organized by the Whatcom Marine Resources Committee (MRC) and RE Sources. The program will utilize iNaturalist, a free app and we...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: June 16, 2020

Drivers Should Expect Delays during Roadway Chip Sealing Starting June 22

Each year Whatcom County Public Works selects roadways for preventative maintenance known as bituminous surface treatment, or commonly known as chip sealing. Most areas are selected on a rotating 10-12 year cycle.  Roadways in three areas of What...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: April 30, 2020

Single Day Closure of Drayton Harbor Road to Occur on Monday, May 4, for Long-Arm Mowing

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEApril 30, 2020Media Contact: Marie Duckworth, Communications SpecialistPhone: 360-603-1103E-mail address: mduckwor@co.whatcom.wa.us

Single Day closure of Drayton Harbor Road to Occur on Monday, May 4, for Long-Arm Mowing

Drayto...

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Public Works - News
Posted on: March 25, 2020

03/26/20 Lummi Island COVID19 Ferry Sailing Schedule

03/26/20 FERRY Modified Schedule Effective during the COVID19 Pandemic

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Posted on: March 25, 2020

Lummi Island Ferry Fare Collection Update as of 3/26/20

Following Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 20-25 imposing a Shelter-in-Place Order and in an effort to minimize risk and maximum response to COVID19, we are implementing the following changes to the Lummi Island Ferry’s operations.

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News Flash

Posted on: September 17, 2020

Expect Minor Delays on Northwest and Slater as Paving Continues

Whatcom County Public Works is grateful for the patience and support of the driving public as paving continues on Northwest Drive and Slater Road. Over the next few weeks, drivers can expect minor delays on Northwest during paving, and on both roads for t...

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Public Works - Northwest Drive and Slater Road Repaving Project
Posted on: September 11, 2020

Northwest Drive Will Reopen Late this Evening; Thanks for Your Patience During Slater Road Paving

We are happy to announce that Northwest Drive will reopen late this evening (9/11/20) - in time for the weekend but not in time for the Friday afternoon commute. Our contractor doesn’t have an exact reopening time. We know the closure of this ro...

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Public Works - Northwest Drive and Slater Road Repaving Project
Posted on: August 31, 2020

Slater Road Paving Could Affect Drivers; Northwest Closure Continues

The days surrounding Labor Day (Sept. 7) are traditionally a time when people like to go out of town for end-of-summer vacations. We want to remind everyone that Northwest Drive remains closed with detours in place as part of a culvert replacement and pav...

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Public Works - Northwest Drive and Slater Road Repaving Project
Posted on: August 20, 2020

Northwest Drive and Slater Road Project Update for Aug. 20; Road Closes Aug. 24

NW and Slater project map with detour route and legend

The project to pave portions of Northwest Drive and Slater Road has officially started. This project will also replace a culvert on Northwest that will completely close the road for several weeks starting on Monday, Aug. 24. Here’s an overview o...

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Public Works - Northwest Drive and Slater Road Repaving Project
Posted on: August 10, 2020

Northwest Drive and Slater Road Project Update Aug. 10, 2020

Portions of Northwest Drive and Slater Road will be repaved soon as part of a project that will also replace a culvert on Northwest that will completely close the road. We expect the project to officially start Thursday, Aug 20. That’s when our ...

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Public Works - Northwest Drive and Slater Road Repaving Project
Posted on: May 29, 2020

Northwest Drive and Slater Road Repaving Project Newsletter June 2, 2020

Northwest Drive and Slater Road RepavingCounty Road Project Numbers 919003 & 919022

Whatcom County Public Works plans to repave portions of Northwest Drive and Slater Road from July through September 2020. The affected portion of Northwest Drive is fro...

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Public Works - Northwest Drive and Slater Road Repaving Project

News Flash

Posted on: February 22, 2021

Swift Creek Sediment Repository SEIS Scope Available for Comment

A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) is being scoped for the proposed sediment repository for Swift Creek sediment. To comment on the scope of the elements of the environments under SEPA please see the Determination of Significance at the ...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: November 12, 2020

Swift Creek Channel Excavation On Hold Until Late Summer/Fall 2021

Swift Creek channel excavation that started in August of 2020 has ended for this year. Channel excavation work will resume in late summer or fall of 2021.

Public Works - Swift Creek Project
Posted on: July 16, 2020

Swift Creek Channel Excavation August-November 2020

Whatcom County Public Works will excavate the Swift Creek Channel downstream of Goodwin Road Bridge and haul the sediment to the county-owned property at the corner of Oat Coles Road and S. Pass Road (a.k.a. the Oat Coles North Repository). Work will also...

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Public Works - Swift Creek Project

News Flash

Posted on: April 9, 2021

Intersection Alternative Analysis Underway

Whatcom County has executed a preliminary design contract with our consultant, Transpo Group, and is in the process of performing an alternatives analysis to determine the preferred improvements that will be designed and constructed at this intersection. ...

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Public Works – Birch Bay Lynden and Blaine Roads Intersection Improvements

News Flash

Posted on: August 21, 2020

WHATCOM COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE LAUNCHES NEW CRIME STATS DATA DASHBOARD

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office has released a new interactive crime-data dashboard where members of the public can view current and historical information about criminal activity in unincorporated Whatcom County. The Crime Stats dashboard s...

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News Flash

Posted on: December 8, 2020

King Tides Are Back Again - What Are They Anyway?

What is a King Tide?

(The following description is from the Washington King Tide Program at the University of Washington)

In the simplest terms, king tide is colloquially used to describe an extremely high tide. Ordinary tides are caused by the gravitationa...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Blog
Posted on: November 17, 2020

Certificate of Appreciation Presented to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office By Washington State and FEM

Certificate of Appreciation Presented to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office By Washington State and FEMA

July 31, 2019 - The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management was presented a Certificate of Appreciation July ...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Blog
Posted on: November 16, 2020

Storm Season is here....Are you Ready?

Storm Season is here....Are you Ready?

                                   

This falls High Wind...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Blog
Posted on: July 31, 2019

ShakeAlert® System Activation For Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District

On July 22, Lake Whatcom Water and Sewer District activated a pilot scale earthquake early warning system, known as ShakeAlert®, at one of its water reservoirs. With its activation, the District is among the first utilities in Washington State to ...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Blog

News Flash

Posted on: April 9, 2021

Friday, April 9, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Active Incidents

COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic unt...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing
Posted on: April 8, 2021

Thursday, April 8, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Active Incidents

COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic unt...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing
Posted on: April 7, 2021

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Active Incidents

COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic unt...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing
Posted on: April 6, 2021

April 6, 2021 Emergency Management Daily Briefing

Active Incidents

COVID-19 - The “Proclamation of Emergency” signed by the Whatcom County Executive concerning COVID-19 remains in effect. The U.S. and Canada have extended an order closing their shared border to nonessential traffic until at least April 21...

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Sheriff - Emergency Management Daily Briefing

News Flash

Posted on: June 12, 2020

Phase II Appointments

Bellingham, WA, June 10, 2020:  Starting Monday, June 15th citizens may begin making appointments for certain limited in-office services announced the Whatcom County Auditor, Diana Bradrick, Whatcom County Treasurer, Steve Oliver, and Whatcom Cou...

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Treasurer

News Flash

Posted on: June 1, 2020

6/1/20 Update: Treasurer's Office Continues to Suspend Passport Processing Indefinitely

At this time the Whatcom County Treasurer’s office continues to suspend passport processing indefinitely. Please note, when processing resumes, it will be by appointment only. Processing hours and information will be updated on our website as ne...

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Treasurer - Passport Information

News Flash

News Flash

Posted on: June 11, 2020

County Council Webpage Guides Citizens on How to Speak to Council at Virtual Meetings

The Whatcom County Council will resume its Open Session during remote-only regular evening meetings. Open Session is an opportunity for people to speak to the Council. The next regular evening meeting is scheduled at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. F...

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Whatcom County Council

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