Rome Grange to host forum on Whatcom's water conflict


BELLINGHAM - Major changes to water policy are expected in Whatcom County as tribes, farmers, rural landowners, industries and others jockey for shares of the overburdened water supply. To help make sense of governments' role in this complex problem, the Rome Grange is sponsoring a forum on Saturday, April 19, at Bellingham Public Library, 210 Central Ave.

The free, public event will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Panelists will be County Council member Carl Weimer; Jon Hutchings of Bellingham Public Works; Steve Jilk, general manager of the Public Utility District of Whatcom County; and the Department of Ecology's Bellingham manager, Doug Allen. Rep. Vincent Buys, R-Lynden, will moderate.

The grange promises more water forums, with panelists to include farmers, environmentalists, business people, and other government agencies and water providers.

The grange series follows a similar set of forums by the League of Women Voters of Bellingham/Whatcom County, held in February and March.

Reach RALPH SCHWARTZ at or call 715-2298.

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