State water law is a complicated mess, a piece-by-piece accumulation and accretion of disparate laws since 1917. Worse, these laws confound solutions to the problems we face today in managing an [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
Whatcom County farmers use a lot of water every summer to irrigate their pastures and berry fields. But the public never knows just how much water irrigation uses. This means [...]
The Washington Supreme Court issued its decision on rural residential wells in October 2016. Since then, there has been a glut of misinformation about what the court said and how Whatcom [...]
Farmers need water for crops and cattle. City-dwellers want water for yards, gardens and kiddie pools. Salmon need streams with enough cold, clear water to enable them to spawn and [...]
Eric Hirst contributes this brief overview of a complex water situation. These views are supported by the attached well researched report by Hirst.
During the winter, it’s hard to [...]
When asked why he robbed banks, Willie Sutton supposedly said “because that’s where the money is.” In the same vein, programs intended to save water should focus on those [...]
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 [...]
Eric Hirst guest writes again on water issues in Whatcom County.
Publisher note: We all use water every single day at home and in commerce and industry. By far, the [...]
Guest writer Eric Hirst is retired to Bellingham and enjoys using his professional abilities to benefit our community. He has a doctorate from Stanford and spent his professional career doing [...]
Editor note: Of course this posting is with Eric’s permission. Our website is not able to exactly reproduce the formatting and bullet points in his letter. Thus there is [...]
Book review by guest writer, Eric Hirst of Bellingham
Thriving Beyond Sustainability: Pathways to a Resilient Society
by Andres R. Edwards, New Society Publishers, Gabriola Island, BC, Canada, 2010.
Eric Hirst is guest writer.
Environmental Heretic or Prophet? A Review of Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Discipline: An Ecopragmatist Manifesto, Viking Press, 2009.
Stewart Brand’s new book shakes the [...]