WWU prof to speak on Lake Whatcom pollution


BELLINGHAM - A water-quality expert from Western Washington University will discuss Lake Whatcom pollution on Thursday, Nov. 21.

Robin Matthews' free public talk starts at 4 p.m. in Communications Facility 105 on the Western campus. Her talk is part of the Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series.

The state Department of Ecology is requiring Bellingham and Whatcom County to drastically reduce phosphorus and fecal coliform runoff into the lake because the pollutants are causing dissolved oxygen levels to fall below the state standard. The lake supplies drinking water to about 100,000 county residents.

Matthews, the director of Western's Institute for Watershed Studies, will discuss the scientific data and the controversy surrounding it in her talk, "Lake Whatcom Water Quality: What's Happening in My Lake." A question-and-answer period will follow. Details: 360-650-3520.

Reach RALPH SCHWARTZ at ralph.schwartz@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2298.

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