Whatcom Well Owners – March and April 2014 Newsletter

Publication1 Whatcom Private Well Owners ~ Whatcomwellowners.org

Gkbrown4@gmail.com ~ Karen @ 360-319-5845

There are lots of things going and hopefully you are all staying informed of what is happening in Whatcom County with Water Rights.

The Planning Unit with will meet March 26th, this Wednesday at 2:00pm in the Garden Room (the old His Honor’s Deli).  There will be time for Public Comment at the end of the meeting.  Please come if you can.   This is the only place well owners have a voice with our caucus.

There are a number of groups in Whatcom County that are all trying to work for settling the water problems here.  Some of the groups have their own agendas and not all are looking after the citizens and specifically the well owners.

Some of the water groups include the WRIA 1 Planning Unit, the Joint Board, Watershed Improvement Districts (WIDs), FutureWise, Farm Friends, ReSources, Puget Sound Partnership (PSP), Whatcom PUD #1, Department of Ecology, and the Tribes. The WRIA 1 Planning Unit has the Washington State Water Law behind it.

Policies affecting water use are the Growth Management Act (GMA), Whatcom County Comp Plan 2016, RCW 90.82 and Whatcom County Council’s “Water Action Plan”.

All the Citizens of Whatcom County need to be involved.  There is too much to lose:  Our right to Water and our Property Rights!  We need to demand the best possible science to determine how much water there is in Whatcom County.

The next Private Well Owners Caucus is Wednesday April 2nd at the Rome Grange starting at 7:00 pm.


Below is the link for the Agenda for the Planning Unit Meeting, March 26, 2:00pm:

· http://wria1project.whatcomcounty.org/uploads/PDF/Meeting%20Materials/Planning%20Unit/Whatcom%20Planning%20Unit%20Draft%20March%2026%202014%20Planning%20Unit%20Meeting%20Agenda.pdf

Below is the link for WRIA 1 Planning Unit 2014 Draft Annual Work Plan:

· http://wria1project.whatcomcounty.org/uploads/PDF/Other/2014%20Work%20Plan%20140216-V1-AC%2002%2023%2014.pdf (Ver. 1)

Link to the Department of Ecology web page: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/wells/wellhome.html/

This is some of the newest information coming from Skagit County: Please remember that Whatcom County has the Planning Unit

· http://www.goskagit.com/news/local_news/new-site-for-march-fisher-creek-water-meeting/article_d950dd67-7007-53fb-9b58-fc030c9fba00.html

· New site for March 27 Fisher Creek water meeting

· Skagit Valley Herald Staff | Posted: Tuesday, March 25, 2014 7:00 am

· MOUNT VERNON — The Interagency Review Team, a group studying a groundwater recharge project in the Fisher Creek basin, has changed its March 27 meeting location.

· The group will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Skagit Station Community Room, 105 E. Kincaid St.

· The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe and the state Department of Ecology released a draft of the project last week, an attempt to secure a legal, uninterruptible water source to basin landowners who were left without one following an October 2013 state Supreme Court ruling.

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