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 ...

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 ...

2022-03-16T15:24:42-07:00Press Releases|

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 ...

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 ...

2021-05-10T20:27:15-07:00Clean Water, Press Releases|

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 ...

2020-12-21T21:22:01-08:00Clean Water, Salmon Recovery|

Leading National Dairy Publication Reports on Growing Pressure on EPA From Farmers

Hoard's Dairyman, a leading national publication serving the dairy community, published the story announcing the support of the American Dairy Coalition for Pacific Northwest dairy farmers in their fight with the EPA. The long standing battle concerns a science report from 2012 that purports to show current dairy operations are ...

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