Wants city action on lake water issues

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDApril 11, 2014 

I recently requested information on the City of Bellingham storm water outfall pollution studies and learned that much of the storm water going into the bay and creeks around Bellingham are polluted with coliform bacteria. Some of the pollution is as high as the environmental triggers that are forcing farmers in our rural county to have to deal with the State Department of Ecology. I am assuming that most of the pollution is a result of the rain on city streets sluicing dog and cat manure, garbage, etc. into the storm drains. Our city leaders should examine the extent of the problem and plan to do something about this issue! I find it hypocritical for the city residents to expect Puget Sound waters to get cleaned up by just the farm community if large volumes of their street storm water continue to be problematic.

Larry Helm

Bellingham

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