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Elisabeth Britt

Writers • Member since Mar 23, 2009

Before becoming a citizen journalist, Elisabeth Britt worked in Olympia as a legislative aide. Locally, she served on the WRIA 1 Planning Unit, the Coordinated Water System Plan and as a state team member for the Federal Lummi Nation Water Rights Negotiations.

In other roles, Britt served as chair of the Public Safety Committee for WDOT Whitewater Amphitheater Blue Ribbon Traffic Safety Commission and sat on the WA State Department of Ecology Citizen’s Advisory Committee.

Articles by Elisabeth Britt

The Human Right to Water

By Elisabeth BrittOn Mar 15, 2017

It is time for the state of Washington to adopt legislation acknowledging the human right to water. The Hirst Decision has created an impenetrable roadblock for rural property owners who [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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Recent comments

"Jay, thank you for sharing your observations about the County Council’s response to the Hirst decision with us. I was also deeply concerned after reading the [...]

Mar 18, 2017 on
The Human Right to Water

"Great discussion. I’d like to thank each of you for taking the time to stop by NW Citizen to discuss an array of potential alternative drinking [...]

Mar 16, 2017 on
The Human Right to Water

"Rainwater collection is one option. However, USDA will not provide funds to build or purchase a home with a cistern. The VA stopped approving loans for homes [...]

Mar 15, 2017 on
The Human Right to Water

"Hi Eric, I sent you the links I have to various studies that demonstrated that a number of county residents depend on backyard gardens and stock to feed their [...]

Dec 20, 2016 on
A Water Shortage Problem, NOT a Water Shortage

"Indeed. The culture of rural living appears to be on the chopping  block. Thanks for sharing your perspective with us.

Dec 07, 2016 on
In Praise of Countrymen - Pas de Pays sans Paysans
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