It’s everybody’s business
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Just in time for Whatcom Water Week, the rain gods have returned in full force to remind us the vital resource is one we can’t take for granted.
While the recent change in weather might’ve curtailed late-summer plans for one last dip in your favorite swimming hole or caused grumbling attendees to bring umbrellas along to long-planned outdoors events, it’s difficult to argue that the moisture falling from the sky isn’t welcome.
If you don’t think that’s true, many of the events planned for Whatcom Water Week, which takes place from Sept. 15-22 at a variety of venues both outdoors and in, will likely do their part to convince you—as should the event’s tagline, “It’s everybody’s business.”
Organized by the Whatcom Watershed Information Network (WWIN), nonprofit organizations, businesses and community groups celebrating the importance of water will also 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.
A free viewing of Anote’s Ark Fri., Sept. 14 at the Pickford Film Center will kick off the weeklong event. In addition to hosting a showing of the documentary addressing sea-level rise in the Pacific Island nation of Kiribati, the evening will also feature a post-show discussion with Dr. Eric Grossman, a geologist who will discuss sea-level rise and coastal change science in the Salish Sea.
On Sat., Sept. 15 there will be numerous chances to get involved, including the annual “Run with the Chums” 5K Run/Walk at Blaine’s BP Highlands, which also features watershed information exhibits, activities for kids and water conservation prizes. Additional Saturday events include an International Coastal Cleanup at Locust Beach, a “Life in the Salish Sea” gathering for kids at the Lummi Island Library, and A Nooksack River Walk with Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association stewards.
A shoreline landowner vegetation management workshop and tours of the Post Point Resource Recovery Plant, the City of Lynden’s Water Treatment Plant, the South Fork of the Nooksack River, Bellingham Technical College’s Perry Center for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, and a trio of Bellingham-based streams are also planned.
If you’re good with a camera, get involved by participating in a Whatcom Water Week photo contest, with submissions due by Sept. 30 (this week’s cover photo and the image with this story were part of 2017’s contest).
Whatcom Water Week concludes with the party known as Bellingham SeaFeast. Happening Sept. 21-22 at Squalicum Harbor, downtown Bellingham, and beyond, the event combines both celebration and education, equaling a good time for all. You can hope for clear skies at the festivities, but should also be prepared to accept the rain if it makes an appearance.
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