Water

  May 2019

About Lake Whatcom

Lake Whatcom is the primary drinking water source for about 100,000 residents of Whatcom County. The lake is comprised of three sub-basins from which samples are collected in October through December, in February and April through September each year. The … Continue reading

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  May 2019

How We Can Keep Lake Whatcom Safe and Clean

by Karlee Deatherage Our drinking water is at a tipping point. The drinking water source for over 100,000 Whatcom County residents, Lake Whatcom, faces an onslaught of threats — from logging and development to pesticides and invasive mussels hitching rides … Continue reading

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  August 2017

Improve Water-Use Efficiency: Focus on the Outliers

by Eric Hirst Whatcom County enjoys ample water supplies when averaged over the year, but summer conditions are quite different. Winter rains recharge groundwater and fill our streams, but summer’s hot, dry weather increases demand, especially for irrigation, and cuts … Continue reading

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  May 2017

Clean Water: Lake Whatcom Water Quality Update

by April Markiewicz 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, … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2016

Eric Hirst Letter to Whatcom County Council

by Eric Hirst 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 … Continue reading

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  Oct/Nov 2016

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

by Satpal S. Sidhu 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 … Continue reading

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  October-November 2015

Pros and Cons of Metering Local Ag Water Use

by Eric Hirst 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 … Continue reading

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