Whatcom council to hold hearing on Lake Whatcom pollution controls

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJune 14, 2013 

BELLINGHAM - People can speak Tuesday, June 18, before the Whatcom County Council about proposed requirements for pollution control on future developed lots around Lake Whatcom.

Individual lots would be required to be "phosphorus neutral," meaning the amount of phosphorus runoff would be no more than what would come from the same area of forest. Even the smallest lots would require installation of stormwater controls for construction on a footprint larger than 500 square feet. The county estimates that stormwater systems for small lots would cost $7,000 to $20,000.

As an alternative, homeowners associations could build a communitywide system to reduce phosphorus pollution.

The state Department of Ecology released a report in February requiring the county and other jurisdictions around the lake to reduce phosphorus from developed lots by 87 percent.

The hearing is at 7 p.m. at the courthouse, 311 Grand Ave.

Reach Ralph Schwartz at 360-715-2289 or ralph.schwartz@bellinghamherald.com. Read his Politics blog at blogs.bellinghamherald.com/politics or follow him on Twitter at @bhamheraldpolitics.

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