Beautiful Whatcom Creek~ a survivor

Saturday afternoon at Whatcom Creek. She was raging loudly and so beautiful! It’s a wonderful place to meditate on ‘stuff’ too…here are some of my pics of her along with interesting information and history you may enjoy….thanks for stoppin’ in today & have a nice Memorial Day! bb >*< :)  Geology & Ecology of Whatcom Creek  < link to pdf

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Whatcom Creek drains an area of approximately 7.7 square miles, originating from Lake Whatcom. The stream flows from Lake Whatcom, east to west for approximately 2.7 miles before reaching Bellingham Bay. The four major tributaries at the eastern end of Whatcom Creek are Hannah Creek, Fever Creek, Cemetery Creek and Lincoln Creek. The Whatcom Creek basin provides approximately 4 miles of accessible salmon habitat downstream of Lake Whatcom. According to WDFW, Whatcom Creek currently supports runs of coho, chum and chinook salmon, and steel head trout. Spawning surveys have also documented a healthy population of resident and sea-run cutthroat trout. 

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Whatcom Creek and her tributaries are listed on the Washington Department of Ecology’s 303(d) list as impaired for temperature, fecal coli-form and dissolved oxygen. Habitat restoration on Whatcom Creek works to address issues of temperature and dissolved oxygen through protection of critical areas and enhancement of riparian areas. Fecal coliform issues are being addressed through multiple city programs and include dog waste pickup stations along Whatcom Creek, pet owner outreach and education, and homeless camp cleanups.  (excerpts from the internet)

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