Whatcom water forum on tap for Saturday


BELLINGHAM - Diverse interests with stakes in Whatcom County's water supply will participate in a forum on Saturday, June 14. The free public forum, part of a series sponsored by the Rome Grange and conservative-leaning groups, will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon in County Council Chambers, 311 Grand Ave.

Water users anticipate a legal reckoning of water rights - who can use it and how much they can use. Possible losers in court decisions on water rights could include future rural well users and current farmers. The public's attention also has been focused this year on pollution problems in north county aquifers and Lake Whatcom.

Speakers at Saturday's forum include Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen, representatives from well-owner and property-rights groups, and Ryan Ericson, the Whatcom chapter director for the anti-sprawl group Futurewise.

The forum promises to review the major water issues in the county and consider how to approach a "comprehensive and reasonable solution."

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