Water, legal experts delivered valuable guidance in second informational event; first event in November was standing room-only

(LYNDEN, Wash.) Whatcom County residents packed the room for a special informational event in Lynden Wednesday evening, March 27th, where they learned how to prepare for the state’s upcoming water rights adjudication court case.

Local water users who rely on private wells or surface water–including homeowners as well as farmers–will receive court summons via mail likely sometime this summer, requiring them to file details about their water use with the Whatcom County Superior Court.

At Wednesday’s event at the Northwest Washington Fairgrounds, several top water rights experts guided attendees through the process of filing with the court, including important details about documenting their specific water rights and historical water use.

Specialists presenting included:

–  Bill Clarke, water rights attorney
–  Jill VanHulle, hydrogeologist
–  Katie Faber, water resources scientist
–  Andy Dunn, hydrogeologist
–  Jay Manning, environmental attorney
–  Jay Gordon, agricultural & environmental policy expert

Whatcom water users who don’t file with the court, or file with incorrect or insufficient detail, are at risk of losing some or all of their access to water as a part of the adjudication, which is an extensive lawsuit requiring users to prove their water rights.

A similar event in November drew a standing room-only crowd, and many people had since requested another event, this time in the evening to accommodate those with different schedules.