Traditionally, Birch Bay is the first- or second-most clammed beach in the state of Washington. In 2009 it was No. 1 with 26,000 people counted clamming by the Washing Department of Fish and Wildlife.
On July 4th, 2013, several thousand people celebrated all day on the beach including fire works generating three tons of trash while being served by four porta-potties as reported by Whatcom County itself. More can be expected in 2014 when the city of Bellingham has banned the use of personal fireworks.
For the health and safety of the Birch Bay community and its visitors as outlined in the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan, the Whatcom County Council is asked to fund approximately $10,000 to examine the feasibility of acquiring a piece of property for a park to provide appropriate public services on the beach.
To refuse to even consider this likely opportunity would simply be irresponsible. Such properties are few and far between. Once sold for other purposes, this property will never be available again for public use.
For more information, go to the Beach Park page at birchbayinfo.org. County Council contact information is included.