Doug Allen -Director of the Bellingham Office for State Department of Ecology (DOE)- introduced two new field inspectors and discussed starting to draft a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Whatcom County Conservation District (CD) and State DOE to delegate responsibility of which department is responsible for what tasks in Whatcom County when completing Agriculture field inspections.
A discussion on how the CD could help Whatcom County develop a Water Management Plan to complete the Hirst fix within the time constraints of the legislation. The discussion was very informative. The CD board and staff felt that data collection and management could be a strong contribution and that the CD has the technical staff and expertise to offer.
DOE Director Allen stated that his office desires that Whatcom County can meet the February 2019 deadline to complete the Water Management Plan, update for exempt-wells. The State DOE does not seek to have their field office isn’t tasked with the job.
There was a short discussion on Sound Horse Keeping and the recruiting Associate Board Supervisors.