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Fox’s vs. Skagit County, Dept. of Ecology and the Swinomish Indians

  If you wonder why the things are so messed up in Washington State, you have no further to look than the idiotic lengths that our own governments will go to insure that private land owners will no longer have adequate access to water…even when it’s available. The Fox’s have the water, they had their property divided up, they had everything ready to go rightfully in their effort to build their retirement home. Now their golden years are being consumed by bogus arguments that there’s not enough water. At a recent water forum, Department of Ecology’s Water Resource Manager, Tom Loranger had this to say: When you look at water overall on an annualized basis there is no problem whatsoever, but there are tiny sectors of the calendar year when it can affect water levels. It is these small peak periods that need to be dealt with. So why are we bullying people like the Fox’s? Why aren’t we dealing with the small peak periods of the summer that water “could” be an issue? Missed within all of this is the fact that water drawn from a well has an 85% – 90% return rate to the aquifer and the …

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When will local and state authorities take action to protect Whatcom Counties land and water rights?

For any of you who have followed my conversations with Marlene Dawson, former Whatcom Count Council representative and pro-se for many litigants who are fighting to regain and retain their ability to use their property.  I received this email from Marlene today and have published it here with Marlene’s approval.  Because of Marlene’s efforts we have an obligation to hold our elected officials and government offices to fix this problem.  Is it a hot potato?  Yes, but ignoring a problem does not make it go away.  The eventuality that this issue will have to be litigated in court is obvious and unless we demand that they do so, in defense of the tax paying residents of this County and State, the problem will continue to spin out of control to the detriment of our children and grandchildren. ~  Kris Halterman From: Marlene Dawson [mailto:marlenewildblue3@aol.com] Sent: Monday, September 30, 2013 7:32 PM To: dgibson@co.whatcom.wa.us Cc: rbucking@co.whatcom.wa.us; commissioners@co.skagit.wa.us; council@co.whatcom.wa.us; dave.cook@co.yakima.wa.us; belfo@co.whatcom.wa.us; dmceachr@co.whatcom.wa.us; robc@atg.wa.gov; jlouws@co.whatcom.wa.us; kwillnau@co.whatcom.wa.us; contact.council@co.snohomish.wa.us; ericksen_do@leg.wa.gov; garyjensen@cityofferndale.org; jan.angel@leg.wa.gov; mayorsoffice@cob.org; liz.pike@leg.wa.gov; richard.debolt@leg.wa.gov; rick.larsen@mail.house.gov; rwalker@northkitsapherald.com; santaylor@cityofferndale.org; sharnash@co.steven.wa.us; vincent.buys@leg.wa.gov Subject: Re: (1) Fee to Trust article (2) my phone conversation with Interior’s Mr. Speaks Hello Dan (Dan Gibson is a Whatcom County Prosecutor): Response …

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