A note about composting at home. A well-managed at-home compost pile can be a good option for disposing of yard waste. But some areas of our county, such as the Lake Whatcom watershed, are sensitive to nutrients from compost piles and compost use. Sending your yard debris to commercial composting facilities such as the options listed above is the best option for water quality in these areas.
A note about mulching mowers. In most areas of the county mulching mowers are a great option and return nutrients to the soil where they feed your lawn. But in the Lake Whatcom watershed excess phosphorus in the mulched clippings ends up in the lake where it feeds algae blooms, harming water quality. If you live in the Lake Whatcom watershed please choose one of the options listed above.
Help Prevent Flooding in Your Neighborhood
Fallen leaves can build up quickly at inlets to storm drain pipes and culverts, causing flooding during rain storms. If you see a storm drain that is clogged and can clear it without placing yourself in danger, please help by using a rake to remove the leaves and disposing of them properly.
To report a clogged storm drain or drainage problem on Whatcom County roads, call (360) 778-6400.
If You See Something, Say Something
Dumping yard waste in waterways such as ditches, creeks, or lakes is a violation of county, state, and federal laws. Call (360) 778-6210 and select option #2 (Stormwater) to report illegal dumping.