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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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Wrapping Up the Local Grange Water Forums

Over the past four months, Larry Helm facilitated through the sponsorship of the Rome Grange to pull together four water forums, featuring a wide sector of people connected to water usage, planning and protection.  The Thursday, July 10th Water Woes IV forum was moderated by, Whatcom County Executive Jack Louws. The forum panel featured: Ed Block (Agriculture), Dave Olson (Water Systems Manager), GI James (Lummi Tribal Spokesman), and Skip Richards (Non-government Water Resource Caucus). City of Bellingham – Mayor Kelli Linville was unable to attend at the last-minute due to illness. This is a brief write-up taken from the notes I took of highlighted comments made by the panelists. In addition it is helpful to watch the Water Woes IV video (produced and provided by Whatcom Works) and also read the article published in the Cascadia Weekly on the same subject. Ed Block (Ag District Coalition): Farmers are uncertain about water leases.  They support formation of a Water Improvement District (WID). Mr. Block stated that they do not intend that the WID’s are to be a big stick for local farmers. He stated that they would be self-controlled by land owners within the WID, based on percentages of land owned. The WID would be self …

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Saturday Morning Live for July 5, 2014

With the July 4th holiday on Friday, the SML will run a repeat show and be back live on July 12th, 2014. Host Kris Halterman discusses the Growth Management Act with experts Ed Kilduff from Lopez Island (hydro geologist) and Glen Morgan of the Freedom Foundation (property rights specialist).  What are the 13 principles of the Act?  What has been the results of its implementation after 24 years?    

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Water Woes III – in search of Answers

As promised SML is providing a brief outline, commentary and links to the third in a series of four water forums, and sponsored by the Rome Grange. I want to personally thank the Kirk Family and Whatcom Works, for providing the high quality Whatcom Works – YouTube video(s) of the past water forums. Your dedication to the process and promotion of transparent government is greatly appreciated. The panel discussions within all three of the past forums has covered a wide-range of the water issues. Each panelist comes from a differing sector of the Whatcom County; private business, public employee, government leaders, non-government leaders, property rights, water rights, environmental rights, wildlife concerns and many other personal agendas. The forums address the water issue, and the information shared by the panelists and the questions asked, will give the tax payers and residents of the County a basic understanding of this issue and help them to plan for the future. There is a great need to wake-up citizens in Whatcom County about the litigation and regulatory restrictions being looked at. In regards to water access and usage, this is happening across the state including here in, Whatcom County. There are many questions to ask, such as; how much water is there, where is …

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Update Planning Unit Meeting – May 14, 2014

WRIA 1 Management Team Meeting / Wednesday / May 14th, 2014 / 10 AM / Bellingham Public Library If you are a member of a local water association or other non-government water system, ask your board of directors to join the Whatcom Water Systems Caucus as a system member. Dues are one dollar per year per connection, minimum of $50. Make checks payable to WWSC, mail to Larry Helm 2660 E 41st Terrace Bellingham WA 98226. If you want to be involved in water resource issues and appreciate the work you see here and what WWSC is doing, you can join as an individual member. Dues are $25 per year per person or family.  Make checks payable to WWSC, mail to Larry Helm 2660 E 41st Terrace Bellingham WA 98226. Contact Skip Richards by Email: info@skip-richards.com Link to join/participate in other WRIA 1 Watershed Planning Unit caucuses Whatcom Water Systems Caucus Agenda and Meeting Materials for May 14th, meeting:  2014-May_14_Agenda_WRIA_1_Management_Team.pdf Brief_Sheet-_Agenda_Item_3.pdf Brief_Sheet-_Agenda_Item_4.pdf Brief_Sheet-_Agenda_Item_7.pdf DraftDocs_near-termactions_051214.pdf DraftDocs_SmallProjects_051214.pdf

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Water Woes-Whatcom County Water Forum No. 1

The water forum, sponsored by the Rome Grange was well attended and after a brief series of presentations from the panelists, the audience brought forth good questions to gain a deeper understanding of the purpose and direction of local and state agencies involved in the developement of solutions for water issues in Whatcom County. The next water forum is scheduled for May 17th, 2014 to include stakeholder groups affected by  water rights, availability, and sources. As more information becomes available it will be shared here, on the CAPR, Whatcom Works and other websites, and through social media. A Forum on Water Resources and Water Rights  First of a Series on Water Issues from a County-wide Perspective  Focus:  What are the major issues with water supplies and uses in Whatcom County? What would a comprehensive and reasonable solution look like?  Format: Each speaker will have ten minutes for their remarks. The sponsor will submit up to four identical questions to each speaker in writing at least ten days in advance, to be responded to in their remarks.  At about 11.00 am, there will be a moderated Q & A session with the audience in the second half; questions will be limited to one …

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Saturday Morning Live for Jan. 25, 2014

Host Kris Halterman interviews Glen Morgan of the Freedom Foundation about local issues and entities like Futurewise and how they litigate County Legislatures into their agenda.  Also top of the heap is Glen’s most recent post about the need to abolish the Puget Sound Partnership.      Greedy capitalists get money by trade. Good liberals steal it. The direct use of force is such a poor solution to any problem, it is generally employed only by small children and large nations. Property rights are not the rights of property; they are the rights of humans with regard to property. They are a particular kind of human right. ~ David Friedman

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Growth Management Act Reviewed by State Governmental Affairs Committee 01/16/2014

Last Thursday on January 16th, 2014, Senator Pam Roach hosted a committee hearing on the Growth Management Act (GMA).  The GMA was passed in Washington State in 1990 and the cost to Counties, the State, Cities and most importantly the individual property owner has skyrocketed.  The committee heard testimony from the public which begins around 25 minutes into the video.  Also, I received an email from a friend who attended this event, which I am sharing with the readers here on SML Liberty Road. Roger and I managed to find our way to Olympia yesterday where Roger delivered a few words during Senator Pam Roach’s hearing on the Growth Management Act. There were several others whose names you will recognize who also testified during the hearing, including Freedom Foundation’s Glen Morgan and hydro-geologist Ed Kilduff. There was also an outstanding blast (against the GMA) delivered by CATO Institute’s Senior Fellow and author, Randall O’Toole. It begins around minute 52:25 or so. O’Toole’s talk followed remarks delivered by  Futurewise’s attorney, Tim Trihimovich. If you view nothing else, I’m confident you’ll enjoy O’Toole’s remarks, which included a well-directed jab at Trihimovich’s familiar propaganda. Most of the speakers spoke for 5 minutes or …

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Updated: Saturday Morning Live for December 21st and 14th, 2013

Part 1: Whatcom County Planning Commission Gary Honcoop and water resources policy consultant, Skip Richards, join Kris to discuss the proposed/pending water code changes for Whatcom County.  How will this affect the rural properties who are currently dependent upon access to water and septic systems for use and/or development and improvements on their property?  Licensed hydro-geologist, Ed Kilduff will contribute to today’s program. Part 2: Whatcom County Planning Commission Gary Honcoop and water resources policy consultant, Skip Richards, join Kris to discuss the proposed/pending water code changes for Whatcom County.  How will this affect the rural properties who are currently dependent upon access to water and septic systems for use and/or development and improvements on their property?  State Senator Doug Ericksen will contribute to today’s program.            Direct Play SML Show: Dec. 14, 2013 Direct Play SML Show: Dec. 21, 2013 

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Skagit County Commissioners hold Public Hearing with Washington State Department of Ecology – Instream Flow Hearing

The Contributors at Liberty Road have spent a lot of time addressing how important the issue of water rights and access to water are to property.  There are a lot of organizations who are pressuring counties to stop rural growth through changes to the demands required to obtain a permit to excavate for a well on private property.  These groups demand that property development or improvement must use the precautionary principle.  The private property owner who wishes to acquire or retain the right to draw water through a permitted well are being asked to prove that their well will not affect the watershed.  How do you prove a negative?  How do you prove that your well will not affect the level or quality of water in the watershed?  What happens when thousands of property owners lose the ability to develop or improve their property?  How much value will be lost?  How much property will be abandoned?  Whatcom County could face a similar action to what is currently happening in Skagit County if they mitigate and accept an instream flow rule that is too low. Here are two video posts.  The first is a recent King 5 News clip that gives …

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