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
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 minute, answers to three.
Welcome: Larry Helm, Officer, Rome Grange
Overview, Introductions: State Representative Vincent Buys, 42nd District
Forum #1 Invitees:
- County Council: Carl Weimer
- City of Bellingham: John Hutching, Assistant Director, Public Works
- Lummi Tribal Member: Randy Kinley
- Public Utility District (PUD): Steve Jilk, Manager
- Department of Ecology; Doug Allen, Manager Bellingham Office
- Agriculture Districts Coalition: Randy Honcoop, Board Member
Future forums during 2014 will include all other local interest groups concerned with water issues, including small cities, water districts, and other governments, water associations, private well owners, environmental, fishing, small farmers, small business, and a discussion of options for sensible and effective solutions.
Link to livestream video: http:www.ustream.tv/channel/whatcomworks
Rome Grange Water Forums, Whatcom County* revised 4 18 ‘14
Prime Sponsor: Rome Grange, Bellingham WA
Contact: Larry Helm, 360 961 9584
Cosponsors: Whatcom Realtors Assn.; Whatcom Business Alliance; Whatcom Cattlemen’s’ Assn.; Whatcom Farm Bureau; Citizen’s Alliance for Property Rights, Whatcom Chapter; Whatcom Well Owner’s Caucus;