Odds and ends from Blaine and Birch Bay

Published on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 by Brandy Kiger Shreve

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Loomis Hall Massage Therapy has moved to expanded space at 366 H Street and has changed their name to Blaine Healing Arts. 

BP Cherry Point Refinery will be working on a project that will involve pile driving. The project involves 68 piles and is 
expected to last about one month. The pile driving will occur during the business week from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The BBWARM Advisory Committee will host a special public meeting to discuss upcoming stormwater capital improvement projects on March 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Cannery Day Lodge at Semiahmoo Park in Blaine. This meeting will take the place of the regular March BBWARM Advisory Committee meeting. Information will be provided on four different stormwater retrofit projects. 

A beach closure at Terrell Creek remains in effect. It has been determined that manure runoff from a dairy farm is a source of fecal coliform bacterial contamination, according to Whatcom County Department of Health representative Tom Kunesh.

“Subsequent sampling still shows extremely high levels of contamination,” Kunesh said. “Each rain event will continue to wash down the creek, creating plumes of contamination.”

Kunesh said there may be other sources also contributing to the contamination and the state department of agriculture is continuing their investigation in coordination with Whatcom County Public Works. 

People are warned to stay away from the contaminated water because contact could cause gastroenteritis, skin rashes, upper-respiratory infections and other illnesses. Pets also should be kept out of the water. Children and the elderly may be more vulnerable to waterborne illnesses.

The Blaine pier will reopen on Saturday, March 8. The pier has been closed for renovation and reconstruction since early February.

Photo: Peter Harrison with PM Construction studies a blueprint that details the plans for the porte cochere that will be installed in front of Semiahmoo Resort.