Blaine officials, CWAC meets with BBWSD, Port of Bellingham

Published on Thu, Jan 29, 2004
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Blaine officials, CWAC meets with BBWSD, Port of Bellingham

City of Blaine and Port of Bellingham officials were scheduled to meet this week to discuss a wastewater plant location in the Marine Drive area; however, that meeting has been cancelled and officials will now meet in a two-day charette.

Public works director Steve Banham said officials from the city and the port, as well as the members of the Citizens Wastewater Advisory Committee (CWAC), will meet today and tomorrow to discuss options. The charette is not open to the public.

Following months of planning, CWAC�s preferred recommendation to the Blaine city council was to establish a treatment plant on Milhollin Drive, off Marine Drive. CWAC also discussed how to handle west Blaine�s sewage, and whether to pipe it across Drayton Harbor or send it to the Birch Bay Water and Sewer District (BBWSD). Recently Blaine officials met with the BBWSD to discuss the possibility of combining efforts in the Birch Point area; however, Banham said the idea didn�t �receive a warm reception� from the BBWSD board.

�Regional handling attracts more funding opportunities,� Banham said, adding it makes sense to look at working together and it could save money for both Birch Bay and Blaine.

For more information, visit online at or visit the public works office at 1200 Yew Avenue in Blaine to view wastewater materials between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.