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Did you know? – Tenmile on social media!

No, we’re not using Facebook; or Instagram; or Twitter (gosh, no). But from our friends we are getting help trying to reach Tenmile residents on, where there are 653 residents in three NextDoor neighborhood groups that overlap our watershed. Here is an example, a post last week that promotes an upcoming WCD event highlighting assistance for farm operations preparing for ‘mud season’. Spread the word!

Farm Grant Opportunities: Oct 18

Farm operators small & large, commercial or not, can attend this free event sponsored by Whatcom Conservation District and Cloud Mountain Farm Center. On Oct 18 they will have folks from multiple organizations with information and practical assistance, at Bellewood Acres right here in our watershed. Note that RSVP is encouraged but not required.

“This event is organized to help local farmers gain an understanding of what grant opportunities are available and what funders are looking for. Get all your questions answered in face-to-face interactions…”

Ten Mile history: a watershed profile, c. 2005

We are very gradually making our way through boxes of material reflecting the history of citizen & agency activity to improve water quality in the Tenmile area, over the last 20+ years. Eventually, we will be posting relevant parts of it on our website on a dedicated page. For now, you can see teasers on this page, including today’s example, with an image shown below. This is a one-page fact sheet produced by the local entity responsible for our state-designated Watershed Resource Inventory Area (‘WRIA 1’); it is likely from activity around year 2005. While that dates it a bit, much of the information (aside from population?!) is likely still pretty accurate. What do you think?Portrait of a Watershed - Ten Mile WRIA1 circa 2005-page-001

Sept meeting notes & recent sample results

Now available: draft minutes from our September 12 meeting, on this page.

And the most recent county summary on water quality sample results in the Tenmile watershed, item #1 on our Useful Resources page (excerpt shown below; see site reference map in the document.) There is both encouraging and concerning news in these numbers. Attend any of our meetings for discussion, and continuing evaluation of some high numbers during dry summer months.


Whatcom Water Week!

Plan ahead now! See the events page here for details. There are many activities planned throughout the week, including these that may be of particular interest:

  • County Septic System Homeowner Training: Sep 20, at WECU Education Center, 5659 Barrett Ave, Ferndale. Registration required by calling (360) 778-6000; for details contact James Hayes,
  • Bellingham SeaFeast: Sep 21 & 22; For event schedule & information see

Aug. 8 Members meeting guest

Aneka Sweeney from the Whatcom Conservation District will join us at the Aug. 8 meeting to discuss: plans for the Sustainable Connections Farm Tour in September; outreach activities with horse owners in Tenmile; a recent county workshop to plan more outreach to septic system owners; progress creating a logo for TCWP – and more! The Farm Tour this year will feature Appel Farms, Bellewood Acres, Matheson Farms and Growing Veterans – all four are Tenmile-area farms!

See our Events page for details about our meetings or to receive the planned agenda.

Website updates

Everyone likes a scavenger hunt, right? See if you can find some of the improvements on our website since we collected comments at the last membership meeting. And there are more to come, after a little more preparation. Do you have suggestions for others? Let us know with a comment here or a message on our Contact Us page. Thanks for checking in!

Water sampling day in Tenmile

Today was the assigned day for water quality sampling in Whatcom County, coordinated by their Pollution, Identification & Correction program. Our always-reliable on-the-ground ace volunteer for this activity files this report, a fine snapshot of what this ‘work’ is like on a summer’s day:

Ten Mile creek is severely low for this time of year. It was difficult to get into position to even obtain some samples. Corn is about a foot and a half high. Grass is short since it was just cut. I did not see any manure application but did see lots of rain birds working hard. Canary grass has completely choked off some of the sample sites and is so thick that you can walk without touching the ground. Kind of like walking on a mattress. Did not get stung or scratched this time.