State Plans For Lake Whatcom Clean Up
Steve Hood with the State Department of Ecology says 87 percent of the developed area around the lake will need to absorb water like a forest in order to meet water quality standards.
Bellingham, Wash. -- The State Department of Ecology has released its final plan for reducing pollution in Lake Whatcom.
Steve Hood with Ecology says 87 percent of the developed area around the lake will need to absorb water like a forest in order to meet water quality standards.
He says that means property owners will need to stop water from running off their roofs and lawns and getting into the lake.
Lake Whatcom has been suffering for years from low levels of oxygen caused by phosphorous and fecal bacteria.
Hood says the state knows that the new requirements will be expensive and take a long time to implement.
He says if the requirements are not met, Bellingham and Whatcom County could eventually face stiff penalties.
The state is seeking public comments on the plan for 90 days before submitting it to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
You can read the plan here