Future of fish and farms is closely linked

This is an op-ed column that was originally published in the Lynden Tribune Oct. 16, 2020. It was written by Greg Ebe, local engineer, third-generation seed potato grower and a board member of the Drayton and Bertrand watershed improvement districts.  Salmon are an extremely important part of the history, legacy and ...

Environmental advocate calls for collaboration on water issues

Christine Woodward is the chair for the Portage Bay Shellfish Protection District.  “I think one of the first and foremost things about the partnership between farms and salmon is respect,” she said.  Farmers play a very important role in Whatcom County, she added. They provide our food source, ...

Whatcom farmers ask partnerships, not courts, be allowed to resolve Nooksack water issues

This op-ed written by Rich Appel originally appeared in the Bellingham Herald on Nov. 13, 2020.  Salmon are part of what makes Whatcom County such a beautiful place to live. Farms play a large role in protecting salmon, however, both farms and salmon are in peril. The Lummi Nation and ...

Whatcom farmers have been working to protect water

Farmers have been accused of not doing their part when it comes to preserving the environment on and around their farm. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Farmers in Whatcom County have taken many measures in recent years to not only improve their sustainability but also work toward the ...

Drayton Harbor ‘Shellebration’ honors local farms for land stewardship

This month marks the 3rd anniversary of the Drayton Harbor Shellfish beds reopening for commercial harvesting. Drayton Harbor suffered from pollution and it took years of effort to clean it up and get the OK for commercial harvesting. Initially 810 acres of shellfish beds reopened, but this year an additional ...

EPA Leaders Continue to Misrepresent the Nitrate Study Peer Review

Should federal agency leaders be held accountable for blatant misrepresentation of the facts? (Some call this lying.) Below you will see three documents related to the 2012-2013 Yakima Nitrate Report. These are about the peer review and they conclusively settle the current argument with the Region 10 Administrator Chris Hladick. ...

How farmer-supported buffers are protecting our waterways

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Farmers are protecting water in a number of ways. One of the most important is participation in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) administered by the Washington State Conservation Commission. ​In this program farmers receive financial incentives to take farmland out of production to support riparian buffers protecting streams. In ...

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