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Eric Hirst

Contributor • Member since Jul 23, 2015

Eric Hirst has a Ph.D. in engineering from Stanford University, spent 30 years as an energy policy analyst at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and retired to Bellingham 14 years ago. He is a local environmental activist.

Articles by Eric Hirst

Water, Water Everywhere, But ...

By Eric HirstOn Jan 29, 2018

Although we get lots of rain and snow in the winter, Whatcom County faces serious water-supply issues during the summer months. Here are the key issues I see and what [...]

Once Again, Short-Term Interests Beat Long-Term Solutions

By Eric HirstOn Jan 22, 2018

It’s okay to make a mess now because we’ll plan to clean it up later. That, in essence, is what the Washington State Legislature passed and Governor Inslee [...]

Whatcom Water Resources: A Major Problem and a Reasonable Solution

By Eric HirstOn Dec 18, 2017

Streamflows in the Nooksack River and its tributaries are very low almost every summer. These low flows hurt salmon, trout, and other fish because they contribute to high water temperatures, [...]

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Recent comments

"Elisabeth, thanks for your helpful comments on my article. We likely both believe that salmon are doing poorly because of many factors, some involving ocean conditions and others involving their [...]

Feb 01, 2018 on
Water, Water Everywhere, But ...

"I agree with Greg’s comments. As he notes, we have allocated more water for human, out-of-stream uses than is actually available. Therefore, salmon, other fish and the environment in [...]

Dec 19, 2017 on
Whatcom Water Resources: A Major Problem and a Reasonable Solution

"I agree"that it is impossible to make definitive statements about who is or is not using water illegally, until we have accurate data.” But there are no plans, at [...]

Dec 18, 2017 on
Whatcom Water Resources: A Major Problem and a Reasonable Solution

"Elisabeth, Thanks for the comment and reference to Rio Digby’s paper. First, Rio is a woman. More important, the work reported in my NW Citizen article is based on [...]

Dec 18, 2017 on
Whatcom Water Resources: A Major Problem and a Reasonable Solution

"Linda Twitchell notwithstanding, the WA Supreme Court decision is definitely about water. If you believe all of the following - - We have abundant supplies of water all year long; [...]

Aug 18, 2017 on
Most Cost-Effective Way to Save Water for Homes
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