Category Archives: Special Announcement

Whatcom County SVCA Partnership

Dear Members,

I am pleased to announce that the Sudden Valley Community Association and Whatcom County Public Works will be partnering to make improvements in water quality for Lake Whatcom. The preliminary plan is for Public Works to assist SVCA in identifying projects, Capital improvement or Maintenance, that present an opportunity to improve or preserve water quality. The exciting news is that Whatcom County is not only committing to assist SVCA in identifying improvement areas, but will also be potentially supplying materials for completion, or contributing funds for specific portions of SVCA’s project that involve the water quality component. This collaboration will not only provide improved resources for SVCA, but also has the potential to save the Association thousands of dollars in project completion.

This unprecedented partnership is the first of its kind in Whatcom County and will be addressing impacts to the water shed, including the minimalization of phosphors entering Lake Whatcom, as one example.

The projects identified will be comprehensive and will address legacy issues with storm water runoff, etc. The project scope would determine how to start to address culverts, ditches and swales along with evaluation and possible change to media filter vaults in certain locations. By addressing the storm water runoff as a system and not just individual components, both Whatcom County and Sudden Valley as partners can establish a path forward in a much more comprehensive manner. Additionally, it will enable a maintenance plan to be implemented that will continue to ensure the integrity of the system as well as provide a reliable means to forecast future budgets and future capital projects.

The specific projects and their scopes will be identified and shared with the Community as they become known. We believe that the combining of public and private resources will allow both to come together and make a real difference in the quality of the drinking water in Lake Whatcom, and that this partnership will establish that both Whatcom County and Sudden Valley are demonstrating in a visible and tangible example of what stewardship for the environment should look like.

Please feel free to contact my office at or 360-746-8436 with any questions.

In Service to our Community,

Joe Acla, PGA, CMCA, AMS

General Manager

Sudden Valley statement on the tragic events this past weekend.

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events that have occurred involving a young family living on Sunflower Circle this past weekend, and continue to be concerned for the mental health of those who may be suffering in our Community. This incident is still under investigation by law enforcement, however we would like to take this time to offer our deepest condolences to the family and close friends of those involved.

Sudden Valley Administration would like to continually remind our members that there are resources available for those who are suffering at this time. The prolonged changes in our quality of life due to the Pandemic has exacerbated existing emotional and mental health issues for millions. SVCA does not assume that this is the reason for the tragedies that occurred over the weekend, but we do feel it very pertinent to remind our members that there is help available for those in need. There is nothing wrong with needing help. Please, reach out for yourself or for others who may be at risk.

Resources available

Local Domestic Violence Resources
Numerous news and social media outlets have reported a stark rise in Domestic Violence incidents, also known as “Intimate Terrorism”, an unfortunate consequence of the Shelter in Place quarantines mandated by governments around the world to slow the deadly spread of COVID-19. Restricted movement may be causing violence in homes to become more common and severe.
Your safety is important, and violence in any form is unacceptable. Please know help is available for you. If you believe you are at risk, or need to get to avoid resorting to violence, we encourage you to utilize the local support services listed below:

Brigid Collins Family Support Center

Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services (DVSAS)

Lummi Victims of Crime
(360) 312-2015

Family Services | Lummi Victims Of Crime
At Lummi Victims of Crime (LVOC) we are available 24 hours a day through our 24-Hour Help Line to listen, offer support, or meet in person. Additional support services are available Monday through Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, at our office.

DVSAS: Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Services | ending violence, transforming lives
Safety Alert: Computer use can be monitored and is impossible to completely clear. If you are afraid your internet usage might be monitored, call the DVSAS 24-hour helpline at 1−877-715-1563. Users will be redirected to Google when clicking the “Exit” button.

Faith Based Organizations (Sudden Valley)
Christ the King (Sudden Valley – CTK)
24 hour help CTK has a number of services available form counseling to referrals; to access these services contact
Jason Manning at or you can call at 360-393-0918

Thank You,
Sudden Valley Administration Team
General Manager: Joe Acla
Admin Services Manager; Rachel Tucker

Polo Park Dr & Summer Bell Ln: Electrical Outages & Road Closure

Three failing underground storm water culverts are being replaced during the first part of September 2020. The failed culverts are located at the intersection of Polo Park Road and Summer Bell Lane. To safely replace the culverts, there will be a planned road closure and scheduled power outages to residents.

  • A road closure will impact Summer Bell Lane starting September 16, 2020.
    • Summer Bell Lane will be open for residents to walk to their homes.  Residents living on Summer Bell Lane will need to access the street from the west side of Polo Park Drive (Gate 13 side)

Electrical (PSE controlled) outages are needed to ensure that construction workers are safe while replacing culverts under buried under high voltage lines. Homes on Gray Birch Lane, Summer Bell Lane, and Cedar Place will experience power outages on Thursday September 17, 2020, between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM and again on Monday September 21, 2020, between 8:00 AM and 3:30 PM.

Addresses impacted:
Cedar Place: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 12
Gray Birch Ln: 1, 2, 5, 9, 10, 11, 16 and 18
Polo Park Dr: 94
Summer Bell Ln: 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12

  • Date of outage: Thursday, September 17 & Monday, September 21
  • Estimated outage duration: Up to six (6) hours
  • To occur sometime between: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Updates will be posted should there be a change in the above information.