Nooksack River water management solutions must address twin problems

Whatcom County routinely experiences widespread flooding in the winter months. But this past late fall and winter was one of the worst on record and caused an estimated $1 billion in damages in nearby Abbotsford, BC and about $100 million in damages and one death in Whatcom County. Loss ...

Whatcom farmers call for immediate Nooksack flood, water solutions

Critical projects will protect families, fish and farms – but will require community-wide collaboration By Rich Appel, President, Whatcom Family Farmers Families across Whatcom County devastated by November’s flooding disaster in the Nooksack River Basin need our help with more than just putting their lives back together. It is urgent ...

Join the growing movement to solve Whatcom flood & water issues now

Do you agree that we cannot wait to do everything possible to prevent another Nooksack River flooding disaster? If so, we need your support to get solutions happening right away! Read more on solutions here. Join the campaign to make sure all possible flood prevention and water management options are ...

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 ...

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 ...

Whatcom Indian-Sikh farmers thank Seattle City Council for supporting farmers in India, ask for help against local threats

Farmers in Whatcom County, like farmers in India, face devastating government actions proposed without their input Paul Sangha, a leader in a growing community of Indian-Sikh farmers in northwest Washington reached out to thank Seattle city leaders for their resolution supporting farmers in India and others around the globe. ...

The last water adjudication Washington did was a fiasco: Farm Bureau CEO

The harmful 'adjudication' process state leaders are calling for in Whatcom County has been used before--in Yakima, where it caused far more harm than good.  John Stuhlmiller, Washington Farm Bureau CEO, joins Dillon Honcoop to explain the history, and how the story of what happened in the Yakima basin ...

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