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 on uninspected boats. Logging and other activities that disturb land [Read More...]

By |2022-03-12T13:09:44-08:00May 6, 2019|Water|

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 stream flows. The discrepancy between summer supply and demand will [Read More...]

By |2022-03-16T18:14:32-07:00August 7, 2017|Water|

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 will be more balanced. Here are several reasons why council [Read More...]

By |2022-03-18T17:27:35-07:00November 30, 2016|Water|
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