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  May 2017

Clean Water: Lake Whatcom Water Quality Update

Clean water. Each of us gets up every morning, turns on the water faucet and expects to have clean, fresh water at our disposal. We make coffee with it, prepare food, brush our teeth, take a shower, wash dishes, flush … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2016

Eric Hirst Letter to Whatcom County Council

Dear Whatcom County Council Members, Last week’s council meeting included several rural residents, builders, and realtors opposed to the recent Supreme Court decision on the future of rural permit-exempt wells. I hope attendance at next week’s hearing will be more … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2016

Looking for Answers: Whatcom County vs Hirst, Futurewise, et al.

November 28, 2016 Researching and learning about the water rights issue in our County and State over the past several weeks has confused me more than it has clarified the options the County Council has to exercise. It is more … Continue reading

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  October-November 2015

Pros and Cons of Metering Local Ag Water Use

During the critical summer months of July, August, and September, when stream flows are low and water temperatures high, agriculture (especially irrigation) accounts for almost two thirds of Whatcom County’s water use.1 Almost all residential,2 commercial, and industrial water use … Continue reading

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