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A Water Shortage Problem, NOT a Water Shortage

By Elisabeth BrittOn Dec 19, 2016

On December 6, the Whatcom County Council voted 5 to 2 (Brenner and Mann voted no) to lift the temporary moratorium that was passed on November 9, 2016. The new interim ordinance that replaces it [...]

In Praise of Countrymen - Pas de Pays sans Paysans

By David CampOn Dec 06, 2016

Three sixty-five year-old white pines in a north-south row Power lines to the West of them, Outbuildings to the East; And to the South, leaning over the house! So tenderly, [...]

Swift Creek, loaded with asbestos and heavy metals, is getting out of control

By Ralph SchwartzOn Dec 05, 2016

The side of Sumas Mountain, laden with asbestos and soil-killing heavy metals, is sliding slowly but steadily into Swift Creek and then into the farmlands of north Whatcom County and—[...]

The Great Deceleration

By Dick ConoboyOn Dec 04, 2016

That is the title of Alex Jensen’s article in Counterpunch on December 2nd. He first posits that we are now deeply into the “Great Acceleration” with respect to the [...]

Interim Ordinance on Rural Water Wells is Essential

By Eric HirstOn Dec 03, 2016

Eric Hirst guest writes. We appreciate his expert perspective on this important local issue. Elisabeth Britt, in a NW Citizen article on Nov 25, argues that Whatcom County made a mistake [...]

County Rural Residents Can Check On Water

By Elisabeth BrittOn Dec 03, 2016

The Department of Ecology has posted an interactive map to assist Whatcom County with determining legally available domestic water availability. The map displays areas where instream flows are not being [...]

Water Well Drilling Moratorium is Bad Idea

By Elisabeth BrittOn Nov 25, 2016

In October, the Washington Supreme Court entered a decision in Whatcom County v. Hirst, (Hirst) a Growth Management Act (GMA) case. In the opinion, the court states that counties have [...]

YES on I-732 Fits Conservative & Liberal Values

By John ServaisOn Nov 04, 2016

Beware the deceptive and very last minute anti-732 campaign. Vote YES on initiative 732. The Carbon Tax is really neutral as our sales taxes and other taxes will be reduced by [...]

Logging Planned for 110 Acres on Samish Hill

By Dick ConoboyOn Oct 10, 2016

The city published a Notice of Application and Optional DNS* Process on October 5, 2016 with a comment period of only two weeks for a logging operation of a substantial nature on [...]

State Supreme Court Rules Against County Plan

By John ServaisOn Oct 06, 2016

The Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan for water resources has been ruled illegal by the Washington State Supreme Court. The issue now returns to lower courts and, of course, to the [...]

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