Tag Archives: AIS

“Just Show Up”–A Letter to the Whatcom County Council

There are a lot of items that come before the Whatcom County Council every month, every week and every day.  All of these issues do affect us, whether it is in some form of regulatory tax, or restrictions placed upon our properties. This quote exemplifies why it is time for all good people to “Just Show Up!” “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” ― Edmund Burke Since I am unable to show-up at this Tuesday’s Council Meeting; I wrote to each Council Member and the County Executive, personally.  In most cases you will receive a response from one or more of the Council Members and the Executive.  The response you receive from them may not be to your liking, but it is a good thing to have the opportunity to comment and dialogue with them on a semi-personal level.  In a perfect world we could all have personal one-on-one meetings with all of our political representatives, but that’s not realistic in today’s busy world. I have found that our local County Council members are very open to meeting with us, whenever it is physically possible.  For this I thank each …

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City of Bellingham and Whatcom County debate Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) fees

The City of Bellingham and Whatcom County Council are each grappling with what to do about the potential for invasive species contamination of our waters.  If you do an internet search on “aquatic invasive species,” (AIS) you will find a lot of information, probably more than you really wish to know, but with all things governmental it is important that we all pay attention, because it’s going to cost you if you don’t.  Starting in 2013, if you own recreational watercraft, you are going to be required to purchase an AIS permit before it will be allowed in Lake Whatcom.  The debate for Whatcom County, is whether to require an AIS permit only on Lake Whatcom, or on all water resources in Whatcom County and how much to charge for it.  On the other side of the fence is the City of Bellingham (COB), whose focus is on Lake Padden and that portion of Lake Whatcom, which lies within the boundaries of the Bellingham city limits.  City of Bellingham’s focus of concern is; “What to charge for their AIS permit and how to get Whatcom County to play nice with them?”  Current concensus appears to be a $50.00 annual fee and …

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