This is a forum for Blaine High School students,middle school students and community members focused on clean water in Drayton Harbor and Semiahmoo Bay. Stakeholders in the Drayton Harbor watershed and Whatcom County will answer questions about efforts and investments made to restore and maintain clean water that can support shellfish harvest, fishing and recreation. The event is organized by Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum, a Puget Sound Restoration Fund sponsored program in partnership with the Drayton Harbor/Semiahmoo Bay Water Quality Enhancement project: a Blaine Public Works project funded by the Washington State Department of Ecology.
Format: Moderated questions and answers. Students will come with questions they have formulated after a classroom lecture and a field trip to Cain Creek. Questions will be taken from the community audience as time allows.
Gary Mac Williams, Nooksack Indian Tribe – Natural Resources Director -The Nooksack Natural Resources Department works to protect and recover the treaty resources of the Nooksack Tribe by assessing, preserving and restoring salmon habitat, and by managing fish and shellfish resources for the long term in ecologically sound, sustainable manner.
Mark Harting – Drayton Harbor Shellfish Advisory Committee member. Involved in agriculture industry and local 4H activities.
Steve Seymour – Drayton Harbor Oyster Company owner/operator. Steve has farmed oysters in Drayton Harbor commercially since the 1980s. Formerly, Steve worked as a fisheries specialist with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Monette Boswell – Whatcom County Public Works Natural Resource Planner 1., PIC (Pollution Identification and Correction) Program. Monette collect s water samples and works with landowners to improve water quality.
Bill Bullock – Blaine Public Works Department, Assistant Director. As City Engineer, he is responsible for the oversight of both operations and construction of streets, sewer, water, and storm water public services.
Julie Hirsch – Hirsch Consulting Services & Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum. Julie has worked on Drayton Harbor water quality issues with a number of organizations since 1999. She created Garden of the Salish Sea Curriculum education program with the non-profit Puget Sound Restoration Fund.