Whatcom County seeks input on how population growth may threaten environment

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMarch 19, 2014 

Planning for population growth over the next 20 years includes anticipating some adverse pressures on the environment. In an effort to foresee those and correct for at least some of them, Whatcom County officials will prepare an environmental impact statement, or EIS.

Officials currently seek public comment on what impacts should be examined in the EIS.

The EIS probably will include four population projections for 2036, including preliminary numbers the County Council approved on March 11. Then the EIS will take a broad look at increased traffic, threats to water quality, loss of habitat and other impacts. Still other topics of concern may be added, based on input received during the public comment period.

Comments must be submitted by April 7 to pds@co.whatcom.wa.us. A draft of the EIS should be completed this fall.

For more information, go to whatcomcounty.us/pds/plan/lr. Click on "Comprehensive Plan," then "Comprehensive Plan Updates."

Reach RALPH SCHWARTZ at ralph.schwartz@bellinghamherald.com or call 715-2298.

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