Symposium aims to unravel Whatcom's water-rights controversy


BELLINGHAM - Tribes, governments and water providers are trying to decide how to divvy up the water rights in the Nooksack basin. The public can learn about the complex issues in a two-day symposium at the end of the month.

Presentations on the first day of the symposium - May 30 and 31 in Fox Hall at the Hampton Inn, 1661 W. Bakerview Road - will explain how water in the basin is used by competing interests, including development, farming and endangered fish. Day 2 will include discussions of how other jurisdictions have worked to reconcile various claims to the water.

Registration for the symposium is required by Friday, May 17. To register and get more information, search the Web for the symposium's title: "Water Supply: Searching for Certainty in Uncertain Times."

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