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Columbia Valley (Whatcom County) air quality improvement project

We are active participants in this community-led effort to improve air quality by reducing wood smoke in Whatcom County’s Columbia Valley.

Map of Columbia Valley Urban Growth Area

Woodstove Change-Out Program

This program helps residents in the Columbia Valley urban growth area of Whatcom County replace old woodstoves with new, certified wood or pellet stoves and/or heat pumps. It is open to Columbia Valley residents who heat with wood.

This Northwest Clean Air Agency program is funded, in part, with grants from the Washington Department of Ecology. We contract with the Opportunity Council to implement the change-out program.

How To Apply

There are two ways to qualify for the program:

* If you qualify for the low-income weatherization program, based on the Washington State Department of Commerce low-income weatherization program client eligibility guidelines, you may be able to change out your old woodstove for a new, cleaner-burning wood or pellet stove and/or efficient heat pump at no cost to you.

Contact Eryn Spellman at the Opportunity Council at 360-734-5121 ext. 102 or by email at [email protected] to see if you qualify for energy assistance. (English / Russian / Spanish)

Be sure to mention that you want to participate in the Columbia Valley Woodstove Change-Out Program. The Opportunity Council will determine if you qualify for the weatherization program, as well as a new certified wood or pellet stove and/or ductless heat pump.

* If you do not meet the Opportunity Council’s income eligibility guidelines and are interested in replacing your old wood heating appliance with an energy-efficient heat pump and/or new, certified wood or pellet stove:

You may be able to receive financial incentives through the Community Energy Challenge, PSE, and the Northwest Clean Air Agency, potentially with no cost to you.

For additional information about this Whatcom County-only project, please email [email protected] with “Columbia Valley Woodstove Change-Out” in the subject line, or call 360-428-1617.


Public Events

Next Clean Air Committee meeting,
Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022.


    Columbia Valley Clean Air Committee meetings: 4:30 to 6 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month at the East Whatcom Regional Resource Center, 8251 Kendall Road.* Meetings are open to the public. *During the COVID-19 pandemic, meetings are being held via teleconference. To participate, please email [email protected] for teleconference details.