As drought worsens, Whatcom farmers call for immediate action to protect fish, farming

Farmers urge all parties to come to the table and begin collaborative work to safeguard both endangered salmon and local farming, as drought underscores risks of inaction As drought conditions worsen and stream flows plummet in the wake of an historic heatwave, Whatcom County farmers are calling for all parties ...

“We’re saying, let’s start working together … right now.”

“This has to be a process of the community coming together. ... Hearing everyone’s concerns and working together to make real, long lasting solutions, rather than hashing it out in a courtroom where everyone is pitted against each other.” Governor Inslee recently signed his $59 million budget, which ...

Whatcom Family Farmers to represent South Fork farmers in water negotiations

(ACME, Wash.) Local farming advocacy organization Whatcom Family Farmers will represent farmers in the Nooksack River’s South Fork Basin in anticipated water settlement and drainage management talks. While six Watershed Improvement Districts (WIDs) united under the Ag Water Board of Whatcom County represent farmers in the main stem of the ...

2021-05-10T20:27:15+00:00Clean Water, Press Releases|

Alternatives to Adjudication Provide a Better Path Forward for Our Community

In response to the state Department of Ecology's ongoing request to the state legislature for funding to begin the process of an adjudication in the Nooksack Basin, Whatcom Family Farmers has sent a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the budget committees in both state legislative chambers. An ...

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, ...

2020-12-15T17:43:14+00:00Clean Water, Salmon Recovery|

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 ...

2020-12-21T21:22:01+00:00Clean Water, Salmon Recovery|
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