Per Port of Bellingham Press Release on June 07 2007: "The Port of Bellingham has received a national boating access award from the Boat Owners Association of the United States for its efforts to turn Bellingham's industrial waterfront into a boater-friendly downtown. Boat U.S is the nation's most powerful advocate for advancing the interests of boaters.
Boat U.S. recognized the Port, the City, the Waterfront Advisory Group, and all the project partners for planning to help meet local boating needs while preserving the city's working waterfront and for forging a model for other communities to follow.
The planned marina and waterfront redevelopment are the subject of a feature article in the May issue of Boat U.S. Magazine, the world's largest publication in recreational boating with a circulation of nearly 670,000 subscribers. To read this article click here.
The Port is planning to convert Georgia-Pacific's industrial wastewater treatment lagoon into a new marina that includes nearly a mile of new public trails around the breakwater and innovative, salmon-friendly features such as a fish passageway through breakwater opposite the marina entrance. The Port is also planning to put in visitor boating docks along the Whatcom Waterway to help boaters better connect with downtown and the New Whatcom redevelopment area".