Making Sure You’re Prepared for Adjudication: Water Rights Educational Event Planned in Lynden March 27

Click here for March 27 Event Details Water, legal experts to give local residents valuable guidance in second informational event; first event in November was standing room-only (LYNDEN, Wash.) Whatcom County residents are invited to a special informational event in Lynden on the evening of Wednesday, March 27th, where ...

Ecology Giving Unfair ‘Free Pass’ for Major Whatcom Water Use

In new comments, farmers criticize state regulators’ proposal to exempt residential irrigation in upcoming Whatcom water court case, saying move amounts to illegal change of state law (LYNDEN, Wash.) New proposed claim forms that Whatcom water users would have to submit in court to try to keep their water rights ...

Bracing for Upcoming Whatcom Water Lawsuit, Hundreds Gather in Lynden to Learn from Experts

Local residents packed a meeting this past week featuring experts outlining how they can protect their water access, as a state lawsuit on water rights in Whatcom County is expected to begin this coming spring. Over 300 people heard from prominent water rights lawyers and technical experts who led the ...

National Expert: Collaborative Process Best to Deliver Nooksack Water & Flood Solutions, Certainty

New report from former Asst. Solicitor to US Dept. of Interior says process not only would solve Nooksack water rights issues, but also support needed conservation and infrastructure projects impossible under litigation (LYNDEN, Wash.) Salmon habitat restoration, water supply infrastructure, flood prevention and other crucial work needed in the Nooksack ...

Whatcom farmers share north Whatcom mayors’ concern over Ecology’s misleading statements, stalled collaboration

Farming community joins other local leaders’ calls to reinvigorate county-wide collaboration on flooding, water access solutions (LYNDEN, Wash.) Whatcom Family Farmers agrees with the mayors of five Whatcom cities, who are expressing their concerns about the Washington Department of Ecology’s troubling efforts to promote a harmful legal action against local ...

Farmers Join North Whatcom Cities in Plea for State Leaders to Stop Ignoring Water Management Crisis

PRESS RELEASE - February 3, 2022 Contact: Dillon Honcoop, dhoncoop@savefamilyfarming.org   Farmers Join North Whatcom Cities in Plea for State Leaders to Stop Ignoring Water Management Crisis   Mayors of Sumas, Everson, Nooksack, Lynden and Ferndale blast state leaders for leaving major water crisis “virtually unnoticed”   (LYNDEN, Wash.) The ...

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Farming community calls for comprehensive fixes to Whatcom flood, water management problems

PRESS RELEASE - January 5, 2021 Contact: Dillon Honcoop - dhoncoop@savefamilyfarming.org Whatcom Family Farmers president: “A comprehensive effort to pursue all possible solutions… must begin immediately” (LYNDEN, Wash.) As wide swaths of north Whatcom County continue to clean up and rebuild after November’s devastating flooding disaster, the local farming community ...

As Fishtrap Creek dries up, north Whatcom farmer points to solutions needed for climate change impacts

Some farmers unable to irrigate, want to move any remaining water use off of streams to protect fish and help crops as increasingly dry summers choke stream flow; but antiquated rules stand in the way   (LYNDEN, Wash.) - Terry Lenssen doesn’t want to use the Fishtrap Creek ...

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 ...

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