HIP PROJECTS Improve your property, protect Lake Whatcom, and save money SEE IF YOU QUALIFY ELIGIBLE TYPES OF WATER QUALITY IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS Shoreline LandscapingPlanting along the shoreline protects water quality and keeps geese at bay. Thoughtful planting layouts can frame views while providing privacy from neighbors or boaters. Native LandscapingUsing “right plant, right place” principles, we help you create beautiful, picturesque landscapes that can be low-maintenance and capture phosphorus in runoff to help protect water quality. Upland FiltersIf the soil on your site is poor, you can protect water quality by filtering runoff through special sand and rock mixes. Underneath, pipes collect the clean water and carry it safely downstream. POST FiltersEven with limited space, you can protect water quality by filtering runoff through a small but highly effective filter. The filter is specifically designed to remove pollutants that harm Lake Whatcom. Clean Beach FiltersClean Beaches filter polluted runoff by forcing it to flow through specially-mixed sand that doubles as a beach area for your use and enjoyment. Upland FiltersBeneath a winding gravel footpath or landscape feature, a property with well-draining soil can create natural filter for runoff that’s hidden from view and improves site drainage. DispersionDispersion projects utilize new or existing landscapes, along with drainage upgrades to carry and spread out the runoff to capitalize on the natural filtering plants, mulch, and healthy soil. Lake Whatcom Rain GardenWhether hidden within landscaping, or placed front-and-center for increased curb appeal, rain gardens create an interesting look that attracts wildlife and improves site drainage. Wet GardenLow areas on your property, where runoff may pool from time to time, can still be landscaped without the need for extensive digging or drainage features. Dry CreekbedAdd interest to your landscaping project by installing a false stream bed feature. No digging is needed, just install right over top of your mulch.