Whatcom CAPR (Citizens Alliance for Property Rights) is providing frequent updates on the efforts of local governments and the Planning Unit to meet the requirements of the “Hirst fix” law, ESSB 6091 passed January 2018, for an update of the Water Management Plan. See the county’s official website for current info.
There are still major disagreements between several “non-gov’t” caucuses and the gov’t/environmental caucuses on some of the latter’s proposals re new exempt wells: metering, lower daily withdrawal limits, and fee increases. The need for these “solutions” is questionable. There’s no quantitative data showing that exempt wells in general are significantly impacting stream flows and/or salmon habitat in Whatcom County’s streams. The participants are struggling to find some consensus on such issues. The ESSB 6091 Update is are due Feb 1 2019.