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.
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.
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.
Dec. 12, 2018 Planning Unit UpdateView Post
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.
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