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What Crush found while sniffing Whatcom waterways for human waste

Dog trainer Aryn Hervel of Environmental Canine Services runs Crush, a sewage sniffing dog, by samples of Whatcom County groundwater at Bender Fields in Lynden on April 28, 2016. Crush will lay down when she sniffs a sample that has human sewage in it.
Dog trainer Aryn Hervel of Environmental Canine Services runs Crush, a sewage sniffing dog, by samples of Whatcom County groundwater at Bender Fields in Lynden on April 28, 2016. Crush will lay down when she sniffs a sample that has human sewage in it. pdwyer@bhamherald.com

Learn what Crush and her sensitive poop-smelling nose found in April at this week’s meeting of the Ten Mile Creek Clean Water Project.

The results of the dog’s field work will be discussed by staff from Whatcom County Public Works Department from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 13, at BelleWood Acres Community Room, 6140 Guide Meridian, north of Bellingham.

Crush and her handler, Aryn Hervel, were in Whatcom County for two days in April to sniff around some Whatcom County waterways to discern whether human waste was contributing to fecal coliform pollution here.

The bacteria flows into streams and rivers and down into bays, threatening wildlife, fish and shellfish beds.

Crush is helping the county with its efforts to reduce fecal coliform bacteria pollution in the Nooksack watershed.

The Ten Mile Creek Clean Water Project is led by volunteers who are working to reduce fecal coliform bacteria levels in the Ten Mile Creek drainage, which includes Ten Mile, Deer and Four Mile creeks. RE Sources’ North Sound Baykeeper program is coordinating the effort.

Details: Lee First, with RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, at leef@re-sources.org or 360-733-8307. Or go online to re-sources.org/tenmile-creek.

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