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Op-Ed: A Drought Plan for Whatcom County, but Without Public Process…

In Common Voices, Information Sources by Kris HaltermanLeave a Comment

This year has seen lower than usual rainfall locally, which has led Governor Inslee to add Whatcom County (actually, the Nooksack Watershed, aka WRIA 1*) to the list of state areas already under a drought emergency declaration.
By itself, the Governor’s declaration does not provide the robust response that a serious drought would warrant. What is needed is a local plan, understood and supported by the public, which guides preparation for drought years during years prior to a drought, and effective drought responses when one occurs.

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Nov. 20, 2018 Port of Bellingham Meeting Report

In Common Voices, Information Sources, Local Government, News by commonnw

Citizen Journalism: Port of Bellingham Meeting Report for Nov. 20, 2018 The public meeting was called to order at 2:30 pm and immediately recessed to a closed executive session so board members could discuss pending litigation and potential real estate transactions pursuant to RCW 42.30.110(1)(c). The meeting reconvened at 4:30 pm. Board President Ken Bell, Vice President Bobby Briscoe and …

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Letter to Whatcom County Council Questions the Council’s Intent on Fulfillment of Hirst Fix Mandates

In Common Voices, Hirst Decision, Information Sources, Local Government, News, Whatcom County Council by commonnw

Common Threads NW received a copy of the email sent to the Whatcom County Council from Perry Eskridge, of the Land Use Caucus, a member of the Planning Unit which has been tasked to complete an updated water planning report by February of 2019. The letter sent to the Council clearly questions the tactics used and failure of the Council …