Chapter 2.90
WATERSHED ADVISORY BOARD

Sections:

2.90.010    Watershed advisory board authorized.

2.90.020    Terms of appointment.

2.90.030    Compensation – Conflicts of interest.

2.90.040    Authority and duties.

2.90.050    Organization.

2.90.010 Watershed advisory board authorized.

A. Pursuant to Bellingham City Charter Section 7.01, there is established a watershed advisory board (the “board”) which shall provide citizen advice regarding the protection, clean-up, and restoration of the Lake Whatcom reservoir and the surrounding watershed, the city watershed land acquisition program, and shall provide citizen advice concerning proposed specific land acquisitions except when not feasible.

B. The board shall consist of up to 11 members appointed and removed by the mayor, and confirmed by city council. Members shall serve terms as defined in BMC 2.90.020. Each member shall be a citizen of the United States and a resident of the state of Washington for at least three years. Members shall be electors and residents in Whatcom County for at least two years prior to appointment as a member of the board.

C. Selection of members of the board shall be made with due regard for diversity in all its forms to ensure full community representation and perspectives from a broad range of backgrounds and interests. Knowledge of lake, stream and/or watershed processes is encouraged in prospective members. [Ord. 2009-05-029; Ord. 2002-07-054 § 1; Ord. 2001-05-036 § 1; Ord. 2000-09-058 § 2].

2.90.020 Terms of appointment.

Each member shall serve for a period of three years, and the terms of appointment shall be staggered, by necessary means, so that three members’ terms expire each year. A member may be reappointed. Any vacancy in the membership of the board shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment, with the replacement serving the remainder of the unexpired terms. [Ord. 2009-05-029; Ord. 2002-07-054 § 2; Ord. 2000-09-058 § 2].

2.90.030 Compensation – Conflicts of interest.

Board members shall serve without compensation from the city, or from any trust, donation or legacy to the city for their services as such members; but this limitation shall not preclude a member of his/her firm receiving compensation from the city under contract or otherwise for services rendered outside his/her duties as a board member; provided, that any board member having an interest or who contemplates acquiring an interest in any particular transaction, contract, or project must disqualify himself/herself from any official action contributing towards an official recommendation to the city on that subject. [Ord. 2000-09-058 § 2].

2.90.040 Authority and duties.

A. The board shall advise the city regarding the protection, clean-up, and restoration of the Lake Whatcom reservoir and the surrounding watershed, the watershed land acquisition program, and the future use and maintenance of acquired property. The board shall provide citizen advice concerning proposed specific land acquisitions except when not feasible. The city council, as required by law, shall make the final decision.

The specific responsibilities of the board are more particularly described as follows:

1. To provide advice and input to the city staff regarding recommended land acquisitions in the Lake Whatcom watershed.

2. To consult with and make recommendations to the city staff regarding policies for the use, maintenance and/or disposition of acquired property.

3. To encourage individuals and community/private groups or entities to donate funds and/or property to the Lake Whatcom watershed program.

4. The board may make a recommendation to the city staff or the city council regarding some or all of the issues that come before the board, including the protection, clean-up, and restoration of the Lake Whatcom reservoir and its surrounding watershed. The city staff or city council may adopt, modify, or reject such recommendation. The recommendation of the board shall be transmitted to the city council along with the staff recommendation.

5. In providing recommendations, the board shall be guided first by the overriding goal of protecting the source drinking water quality in the Lake Whatcom reservoir. In providing these policy recommendations the board shall be guided further by consideration of reducing development and development potential in the watershed.

B. The board shall advise the city regarding protection, cleanup, and restoration of the Lake Whatcom reservoir that serves as the municipal drinking water source, with regard to known and potential threats to water quality, including but not limited to surface and ground water runoff, surface water source control, stormwater control, pesticide and fertilizer use, climate change, and recreational use, as well as potential remediation efforts. Such advice shall be advisory only.

C. The board and city staff shall undertake their functions based upon consideration of the baseline criteria adopted by joint resolution of the city, Whatcom County, and Water District 10 (now known as Lake Whatcom water and sewer district), as well as upon consideration of the city of Bellingham overlay criteria, adopted by the city council. The board shall annually review the city of Bellingham overlay criteria and recommend amendments to the city council as appropriate. [Ord. 2009-05-029; Ord. 2002-07-054 § 4; Ord. 2001-05-036 § 2; Ord. 2000-09-058 § 2].

2.90.050 Organization.

A. The board shall annually elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson from among its members. The board shall adopt its own rules of procedure.

B. The board shall hold at least one regular meeting each quarter. Additional meetings may be held as the board deems necessary. All meetings of the board shall be public meetings.

C. Written records of meetings and actions of the board shall be kept. Such records shall be public.

D. The city staff shall provide appropriate staff support to the board. [Ord. 2002-07-054 § 3].