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New rules aim at reducing phosphorus in Lake Whatcom

New rules aim at reducing phosphorus in Lake Whatcom

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Whatcom County Council has approved new rules meant to stop phosphorus pollution from getting into the Lake Whatcom Watershed.

Land owners around the lake are now required to buy expensive storm water treatment systems before developing a lot.

Perry Eskridge with Whatcom County Association of Realtors says the new rules add up to a government taking over private property.

Play Perry Eskridge on Lake Property

Phosphorus causes algae to grow out of control in the lake.

It can come from lawn fertilizers and sewage.

The new rules end an 8 year moratorium on small lot development around the lake.