North Sound Baykeeper


Lee First
[email protected]
(360) 220-0556

North Sound Baykeeper monitors and advocates on behalf of the northern Salish Sea (Puget Sound) and includes the marine waters of the northern Sea, and the Nooksack and Skagit River watersheds.

Lee grew up canoeing on rivers and lakes in northern Canada, and moved to western Washington state in 1977. Along with her co-workers in the Clean Water Program at RE Sources for Sustainable Communities, she works with citizen advocates to protect water quality and habitat, and to promote and manage citizen science projects.  Her favorite aspect of being the Baykeeper is patrolling the lowland streams, rivers, and marine shorelines of northern Puget Sound, and working to inspire youth and others to become stormwater enthusiasts.  Before joining RE Sources in 2007, she worked as field staff for the Department of Ecology, as an environmental specialist for city and county governments, and as a wetland biologist for a tribal government.  She holds a B.S. in Environmental Health and a professional certificate in wetland science and management.  She serves on the Portage Bay Shellfish District Advisory Committee. 


2309 Meridian Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225