Dr Imran Sheikh
the goal of this voluntary initiative was to ensure that the natural resources of Lake
Whatcom, Lake Samish and other important bodies of water in the Bellingham area are preserved and
protected. In 2011 the Asian Clam (Corbicula fluminea) was detected for the first time in Lake Whatcom,
sparking concern for some about future invasions. Aquatic Invasive species are non-native pathogens,
animals, and plants whose habitat is primarily the aquatic environment. Effects of the invaders can be
ranging. In extreme cases pathogens can be introduced to bodies of water frequented by swimmers. When
these pathogens come into contact with victims, rashes and irritation can occur. Lake Whatcom plays a
very important role in the resources available to residents as the lake is the direct source of most of the
drinking water consumed in the community (~ 100000 individuals).
Fisher, Nathan, "Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Internship" (2022). College of the Environment Internship Reports. 100.
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