The Park Place monitoring program is an on-going study of the effectiveness of storm water treatment in a small wet pond located in the northwestern portion of the Lake Whatcom watershed. Water quality in the Lake Whatcom watershed has been monitored since the 1960’s by researchers at Western Washington University. During this time it has been noted that the some of the streams and storm drains entering the lake contained contaminants associated with residential development. In 1990, a comprehensive storm water runoff monitoring project was undertaken by the Institute for Watershed Studies (IWS) at Western Washington University on behalf of the City of Bellingham (Walker et al., 1992). The purpose of the project was to characterize the quality of influent to the lake from the various creeks and storm drains and to build a baseline stream water quality data set.
Matthews, Robin A.; Saunders, Mark R.; Hilles, Michael; and Vandersypen, Joan, "Park Place Wet Pond Monitoring Project 1994–2000 Summary Report" (2001). Lake Whatcom Other Reports. Paper 6.