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Guided hikes, tours, activities celebrate importance of water

The arches of the secondary clarifier are reflected in the wastewater being treated at the Post Point Wastewater Treatment plant in 2010.
The arches of the secondary clarifier are reflected in the wastewater being treated at the Post Point Wastewater Treatment plant in 2010. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Whatcom Water Week, which starts this weekend and ends with the SeaFeast festival on Sept. 22-23, features a variety of activities that focus on the importance of clean water to the environment.

Events include films, demonstrations, outings and a work party for Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday. Most events and activities are free, including documentaries at the Pickford Film Center. Check the online schedule for details at whatcomwaterweeks.org/events.

It starts with the annual Run with the Chums 5K Fun Run/Walk from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at BP Highlands, 4900 Brown Road, Blaine.

Also Saturday is a “Salmon Sighting” to see spawning pink salmon with the Nooksack Salmon Enhancement Association from 10 a.m. to noon at the Thompson Creek Bridge on Glacier Creek Road off the Mount Baker Highway east of Glacier.

From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday is a cleanup at Locust Beach as part of the Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup Day. Trash bags and gloves will be provided.

A guided Nooksack River walk is 3-4 p.m. Saturday at the Horseshoe Bend Trail across from the Douglas Fir Campground on the Mount Baker Highway east of Glacier. This guided walk repeats 3-4 p.m. Sept. 23.

From 9 a.m. to noon Sunday is a “Meet Your Underwater Neighbors” guided tideflat walk at Marine Park with naturalists from the Marine Life Center and Marine Resources Committee.

Other events include tours of the Bellingham Wastewater Treatment Plant from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at 200 McKenzie Avenue; and the Lynden Water Treatment Facility from 9-11 a.m. Wednesday at 524 Riverview Road.

A guided Whatcom Creek habitat tour is at 6 p.m. Thursday, meeting at the lower Civic Athletic Complex parking lot, at the corner of Fraser and Puget streets.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty

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