FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
August 24, 2022

MEDIA CONTACT:
Ingrid Enschede, Program Specialist
Whatcom County Public Works
WhatcomWIN@gmail.com
(360) 778-6229
https://whatcomcounty.us/DocumentCenter/View/69020/Water-Week-2022-Press-Release-082422

Whatcom Water Week Returns September 10-18 2022

Celebrate our local water resources and have fun during Whatcom Water Week, September 10 – 18, 2022. Water Week offers many different family-friendly events throughout the county with opportunities to have fun, learn, and make a difference. Visit www.whatcomwin.org/water-week-events for a complete calendar of events and details. There’s something for everyone!

Water Week kicks off with the Run with the Chums family-friendly 5k and kid’s sprint, a Family Field Day at Birch Bay State Park where you can explore tide pools with beach naturalists, and an Ochre Sea Star Crochet-A-Long. The week is full of options. Take a tour of a water or wastewater treatment plant, the Bellingham Waterfront, or the Lake Whatcom watershed. Participate in the International Coastal Cleanup. Attend story time. Pledge to save water or scoop the poop. Learn how to garden green and prevent stormwater pollution. Lummi Island residents can take the Watersafe Challenge.

Wayne Drop, a WWIN and Water Week supporter, helping with International Coastal Cleanup Day during Water Week 2021.

For photographers, the Water Week and We Scoop photo contests are up and running. You can also help take photos of the Padden and Squalicum Creek restoration projects.

New this year is Plastic Matters, a week-long event to raise awareness about plastic production, impacts from plastic on water and other natural resources, and plastic alternatives. Plastic Matters will include a community plastic pick up event and a plastic trash art display. And back again this year is Bellingham SeaFeast on Saturday, September 17 at Zuanich Park and Squalicum Harbor.

Whatcom Water Week is organized by the Whatcom Watersheds Information Network (WWIN). WWIN’s mission is to protect and restore our local waters and watersheds by supporting and enhancing information exchange, education, public involvement and engagement, and collaboration. Learn more about WWIN at www.whatcomwin.org.

        We acknowledge that Whatcom County is located on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples. They cared for the lands that included what we’d call the Puget Sound region, Vancouver Island and British Columbia since time immemorial. This gives us the great obligation and opportunity to learn how to care for our surrounding areas and all the natural and human resources we require to live. We express our deepest respect and gratitude for our indigenous neighbors, the Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe, for their enduring care and protection of our shared lands and waterways.
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