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.
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.
If you were unable to attend the dozens of obscure public (and not-so-public) local water-policy meetings that have taken place over the past year, you are sure to find Mr. Eskridge’s commentary highly informative.
When is a fix not a fix? When the process to come to a consensus has been set up for failure because everyone was not at the same table ‘and’ that appears to have been the plan all along.
Hopes for local representation on watershed planning in Whatcom County appear to be fading as even a stripped-down version of an update to the Watershed Management Plan failed to pass with just days to go before the deadline.
A last-ditch effort to approve an update to the Watershed Management Plan for Whatcom County on time fails but hope for local input is not lost. Other local entities involved appear to be allowing more time to reach agreement.
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