The Downtown Bellingham Discovery Tour is an opportunity to learn how the City is managing stormwater runoff and reducing water pollution in this area. The downtown core is a highly urbanized area that drains to Whatcom Creek. For that reason, infiltrating as much of the stormwater occurring in this area is imperative for water quality in the creek. This tour will introduce you to seven different types of stormwater facilities including: engineered rain gardens, permeable pavers, a bioswale, and a sand filter. The Downtown Bellingham Discovery Tour also includes additional sites outside of the downtown core.
The Downtown Improvement Gardens (DIG) have been treating stormwater runoff from over 80 urban acres which has improved Whatcom Creek water quality. The project installed 36 engineered rain gardens in strategic locations downtown that are both effective and cost-effective as compared to large centralized stormwater treatment methods. Many of Bellingham’s rain gardens in the downtown area have been adopted by local residents and businesses. These Rain Garden Stewards volunteer to do light maintenance including weeding, litter pick up, and reporting clogs.
Include tour of facilities outside the downtown core for a 4-mile tour.
4-mile tour could take up to 2 hours.
Stormwater facilities are scattered around downtown. All are accessible by wheelchair, bike, or pedestrians. Handicapped parking is mostly available in the downtown core area.
This tour is accessible with a wheelchair.