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Citizen Journalism: Current Status of Whatcom County’s Water Resource Planning Program

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Minutes and opinion piece from the Whatcom County Planning Unit work over the previous month. This information has been submitted and provided to Common Threads NW from the combined works of Skip Richards and Roger Almskaar. Current Status of Whatcom County’s Water Resource Planning Program This report is the first in a monthly series. It will summarize the background and …

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Citizen Journalism: Planning Unit Meeting May 9th, 2018

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The following meeting minutes were provided by a CTNW Citizen Journalist. PU – GFC Meeting – Draft Meeting Notes; BIAW Conference Room (1650 Baker Creek Pl., Bellingham, WA 98226), May 9, 2018, 2:00-4:00pm Attendees: Kurt Baumgarten, Linda Twitchell, Henry Bierlink, Rebecca Schlotterback, Ander Russell, Shannon Moore, Fred Likkel, Dan Eisses, Paul Isaacson, John Mercer, Skip Richards, Gary Stoyka, Cliff Strong, Becky Peterson …

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Watershed Management Board Diminishes the Role of Stakeholders

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This recently released PDF document shows the plans being made by the Watershed Management Board to run meetings and exclude the legally authorized WRIA 1 – Planning Unit members from the process. In October 2017, the Washington State Legislature passed ESSB 6091, which redefined the need for an updated watershed plan and acknowledge that the lead agency is Whatcom County Council …

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Jan. 30th, 2018 – Whatcom County Council Meeting – Hirst Initiated Moratorium Report

In Hirst Decision, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Councilman Donovan was the lone vote opposed.  The Council Chambers was filled with concerned property owners who need a permit which allows for a private-well to build on their property.  Many of those affected testified, Perry Eskridge and Roger Alsmskaar gave wise testimony which several council members mentioned when it came time to vote. Linda Twitchell of BIAWC sums it …

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Jan. 24th, 2018 – Planning Unit Meeting Report

In Hirst Decision, News, Organizing for Whatcom County, Wake Up Whatcom by commonnw

Subject: 1/24 Planning Unit Meeting The Planning Unit met on January 24th, 2018. The meeting was packed with interested people, including Eric Hirst, Carl Weimer, and an array of people who supported the Washington State Supreme Courts, Hirst decision. There was a large number of private well owners and supporters of the work being done by the Planning Unit (PU), …

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Jan. 23rd, 2018 – Detailed Summary of Whatcom County Surface Water Meeting

In Hirst Decision, Local Government, News, Organizing for Whatcom County, Wake Up Whatcom, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Here are a few of the many “takeaways” from the Surface Water Work Session held at the Garden Room this morning. The title of these regular, monthly meetings is sometimes misleading, as they are essentially nothing but a regularly-scheduled Special Council Committee of the Whole meeting for the County Council, as are their “Health Board” meetings. Both are held on …