Informational meeting to present latest on Birch Bay shoreline enhancements

Published on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 by Jeremy Schwartz

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Birch Bay organizers are hosting a community meeting tonight at 7 to provide an update on the proposed shoreline improvements formerly known as the berm project.

The Birch Bay Steering Committee will host a meeting about the Birch Bay Drive and Pedestrian Facility tonight (July 18) starting at 7 at Birch Bay Bible Community Church, 4460 Bay Road. The proposed improvements, once called the Birch Bay berm project, will remove old sea walls and groins along with adding a pedestrian bike path and beach berm on the west side of Birch Bay Drive, strengthening 7,400 feet of shoreline and adding stormwater treatment structures.

Whatcom County recently garnered the support of the state Department of Ecology (DOE) in applying for a state loan for the estimated $10 million project. The county needed the DOE’s blessing to seek out the loan because they county’s land-use regulations are out of compliance with the state growth management act.

The improvements will be done in phases, starting with the southern portion of the bay. Whatcom County Public Works staff estimate construction could begin as soon as 2015.

The learn more about the history of the berm project, click here.


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