Outdoors

Water Week

A resource worth celebrating

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

When rain fell late last week, and again over the weekend, it was the first time in almost three months that Whatcom County had any “wetting rain”—rainfall that was widespread over an extended period of time.

And although the soggy Saturday likely threw monkey wrenches into outdoor weddings, music festivals and other long-planned get-togethers slated for the typically sunny skies of late summer in the Pacific Northwest, the cooler temperatures and consistent moisture falling from the sky were welcome changes from the more than 80 days without any significant precipitation that preceded.

As part of Whatcom Water Week—which takes place from Sept. 16-23 at a variety of outdoor and indoor venues throughout the county—those who get involved in one or many of the lineup of events can find out why it’s important to pay attention to what’s falling from the sky and coursing through rivers, and how water affects everything from crops to fish to beavers.

“Whatcom Water Week is an event that celebrates our local water resources,” organizers from the Whatcom Watershed Information Network say. “Businesses, nonprofit organizations and community groups celebrate the importance of water, share information about the state of the resource, offer stewardship opportunities, and expand awareness and appreciation of our marine and freshwater resources and the role water plays in our lives.”

With a tagline of “It’s Everybody’s Business,” the annual event kicks off Sat., Sept. 16 with an array of activities. One option is to learn more about watershed health and get your heart rate up at the Chums of Terrell Creek’s “Run with the Chums” at Blaine’s BP Highlands. Attendees can also join Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association naturalists for “Salmon Sighting” at Thompson Creek Bridge or a “Nooksack River Walk” at the Horseshoe Bend trailhead.

That same day, join efforts for an International Coastal Cleanup outing at Locust Beach, or secure tickets to Ebb and Flow: A Japanese-American Family, An Oyster, and How They Influenced Pacific Northwest History, which shows at 6pm at the Pickford Film Center. Along with the feature film, viewers can also catch two locally produced short films—Servants of the Salish Sea and Oystertopia: Stewards of the Salish Sea.

The “Streams of Thought” Film Festival will continue through Sept. 19, and additional events include Seafood Week (Sept. 17-23); a Bellingham Wastewater Treatment Plant Tour (Sept. 19); “Beavers in the Ecosystem” (Sept. 19); a Taylor Shellfish Tour and Cooking Demo (Sept. 19); a City of Lynden Water Treatment Plant Tour (Sept. 20), the Baker to Bay Symposium dubbed “Searching for Certainty in Uncertain Times” (Sept. 20-21); a guided habitat tour of Whatcom Creek (Sept. 21); and a tour of Fenton Nature Reserve (Sept. 22).

If rain threatens any of the events, simply grab an umbrella and go forth. It’s Whatcom Water Week, after all.

For more details, go to http://www.whatcomwaterweeks.org

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