Subject: Management Team meeting– Attention Organizing for Whatcom County Chair
The Management Team met on January 17, 2018 and was attended by approximately 25 government agency representatives and private citizens.
Twelve members sat at the ‘table’ representing Bellingham, Whatcom County Planning and Development, PUD, Fish and Wildlife, two-members from Lummi Business Council, three-members from the Nooksack Tribe, and a representative from the Puget Sound Partnership (PSP); 13 ‘visitors’ took in the meeting including Whatcom Farmers, Birch Bay Water Assoc., Private Well Owners, Department of Ecology, Public Works, and other private citizens, were also in attendance.
PSP (which usually supplies State monies to local projects()reported that funding was not available due to the lack of a Capital Budget to be passed in Olympia.
The focus of the much of this meeting was a discussion about how a possible Hirst Fix, might impact our local water process and what role the Watershed Management Board should play and who has ultimate responsibility for water planning, priorities and implementation? Some argued the Watershed Management Board (Formerly Joint Board + Salmon Recovery Board) should be the entity doing it all.
State Legislature will eventually, likely determine who makes up the decision making body.