Celebrate water and food at fourth-annual Whatcom Water Weeks

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDSeptember 3, 2013 

At the fourth annual Whatcom Water Weeks celebration people can participate in a variety of educational tours, tastings, talks and other activities throughout Whatcom County.

The Whatcom Watershed Information Network will host more than two weeks of events geared toward educating the community about the importance of marine and fresh water as resources. The series of events will kick off Saturday, Sept. 7, at BelleWood Acres, and continue through Sunday, Sept. 22.

This year's theme is "Water, Food and You." Several events will focus on water's role in feeding people and animals, including food and drink tastings and tours at Skookum Hatchery, Lummi Bay Shellfish and Salmon Hatchery, Drayton Harbor Community Oyster Farm, Taylor Shellfish Farms and Chuckanut Brewery.

There also will be informational meetings about eating locally, gardening and installing rainwater harvesting systems, as well as tours of local farms.

For a full list of events, which will continue to be updated, visit this whatcomwin.org webpage.

Here's a list of a few of this year's activities:

Saturday, Sept. 7

-- Whatcom Water Weeks kickoff, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., BelleWood Acres 6140 Guide Meridian, near Laurel. Bellingham Mayor Kelli Linville will read a proclamation to start the fourth-annual celebration at 11:30 a.m. There also will be an educational walk by the stream with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association, a visit from Sal the Salmon to learn about salmon-safe farming practices, horse and train rides, face painting and a visit from Wayne the raindrop, the Whatcom Water Weeks mascot.

-- Bicycle Tour of Bellingham Rain Gardens, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., starts at Bellingham Technical College. Take a relaxed bike ride to various rain gardens in the area with RE Sources. Learn about how rain gardens prevent stormwater pollution and gather ideas for gardening. Contact: Lee First at 360-733-8307.

Thursday, Sept. 12

-- Rain Harvesting System Installation, 5:30 to 7 p.m. Assist in or watch the installation of two tanks that will be converted into a 500-gallon rainwater harvesting system for Common Threads Farm's after-school and summer programs at Bobbibrook Farm. Contact Anitra Accetturo, 360-778-7732, for directions.

Saturday, Sept. 14

-- Whatcom County Farm Tour, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Take a self-guided driving (or biking) tour of a dozen Whatcom County farms and wineries. Contact: Sara Southerland, 360-647-7093.

-- South Fork River Cleanup, 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Help pick up trash along a few miles of the river, which is expected to have low water levels at that time. Canoes will be used to move the trash to pickup locations; a party at Everybody's Store will follow. Advanced registration is required. Contact: Dylan Rees of Yeager's Sporting Goods at 360-733-1080.

Thursday, Sept. 19

-- Eat Local Celebration, 6 to 8:30 p.m., Downtown Community Food Co-op 1220 N. Forest St., Bellingham. The co-op will host an all-local dinner and salad special with live music, entertainment and educational presentations. The entertainment is free, dinner by purchase.

There are a host of other events daily throughout September. A full list of events for the celebration will be on display at the Downtown Bellingham Art Walk from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6.

Reach Samantha Wohlfeil at 360-756-2803 or samantha.wohlfeil@bellinghamherald.com.

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