Tag Archives: Aquatic Invasive Species

Just Another Dull Day at Whatcom County Council

Last Tuesday’s County Council Committee meetings and on into the evening County Council Public meeting it was anything but dull. The day started out in the Natural Resources Committee meeting with discussion on the County’s new Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) ordinance.  The Council heard from Assistant Director at Whatcom County Public Works, Chris Brueske on the how the AIS program is going. Discussion regarding requested changes to Whatcom County Code 2.27A, Aquatic Invasive Species (AB2013-146A) AIS Education Card Program Brueske Comment: The program is going well.  There have been no real issues as of yet except for one boater who got angry and ran over some cones.  Canadian boaters seem to be the customers who are not aware of the new program. Council Comment:  We need to remember that the staff is being asked to educate, inspect, and sell the permit sticker in a short period of time. Council Comment:  Most of the complaints are from boaters who only use Lake Whatcom or Lake Samish and do not understand why they should have to go through this process more than once. Council Comment:  Do we know how much the program is going to cost and are we collecting enough funds …

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Council Actions May 7, 2013

Tonight at the Whatcom County Council evening meeting there were a number of issues that were  discussed which will have huge implications on personal property rights to all of us.  Here is a brief rundown of what transpired that I believe we all need to keep our eyes and ears tuned in to: AB2013-102 – Proposed amendments to Whatcom County Code Chapter 20.51, Lake Whatcom Watershed Overlay District; PLN2011-00015.  This is related to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) to remove surface water runoff and reduce phosphorus loading in the Lake Whatcom Watershed.  This presentation showed the proposed Dept. of Ecology “code updates,” and will require that undeveloped property in the Lake Whatcom Watershed have in place the planning and implementation, of a stormwater dispersion system before commencement of any development.  The property owner will be required to qualify for an NPDS (National Pollutant Discharge System) permit before being allowed to develop the land. How long before this new regulation is required of anyone wanting to sell their home located on the watershed? How long after that before all property owners in the watershed are required to install an NPDS certified stormwater dispersion system? Perry Esteridge (real estate law specialist) …

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“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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