Whatcom County Council deliberates new policies for Lake Samish and push through non-Planning Unit plans for water mitigation and metering as recommended by the Watershed Management Board.
Looks like Seattle City Light has agreed to release more water from its 3 dams on the Skagit River in order to give existing homes with wells built between 2000 and 2013 legal access to their water year round. Of course, there’s always a catch. That would be as a first step for whatever mitigation plan Ecology has in mind.
Gary Hagland, Skagit CAPR
Dozens of citizens gathered at the Ferndale Library on Monday, April 22, 2019, to discuss the Dept. of Ecology’s proposed rule changes for new domestic groundwater wells in Whatcom County. The latest version of the proposed changes would limit withdrawals from new wells to 500 gallons per day for indoor domestic use.
The Dept. of Ecology does not plan to change fees, in-stream flow levels or require metering for new well owners in Whatcom County.
The saga continues as Whatcom County seeks a conclusion that best supports the rural property owners to have affordable access to water.
Dave Onkels, lead negotiator for the Land Use Caucus has submitted a letter to the Department of Ecology emphasizing their intentions to enforce this law.