The Northwest Straits Chapter of Surfrider Foundation has placed 1,000 “Drains to Bay” storm drain markers! With help and guidance from the City of Bellingham’s Public Works Department and Surfrider Foundation member Brian Smart, volunteers began marking a majority of the 1,800 storm drain inlets that drain to Bellingham Bay. The goal is to bring awareness about water quality in Bellingham Bay and foster a continued dedication to pollution prevention.
Stormwater has now become the main focus for water quality of streams, rivers, and oceans. It is estimated that over 60% of pollutants in stormwater are comprised of petroleum products. With so much land covered by pavement and other impervious surfaces, it is important that we are all conscious of what we allow to go down our storm drains, untreated.