I believe the plan to form four new districts by north Whatcom County farmers is a bad idea. According to the Ralph Schwartz article, farmers are hoping to give a more cohesive voice in the water rights issue. The word cohesive was chosen by Mr. Schwartz instead of powerful, which I believe is a more honest depiction of their intent. Instead of being content with the rulings of our County Council, this group would have us circumvent the voices of the many users that depend on adequate supplies of this precious resource. For far too long our ability to sustain adequate salmon habitats, as well as safe drinking water, have been threatened by careless, if not myopic, planning in water use goals.
Instead of trying to out muscle our citizens, it would be better to collaborate with the various groups involved that rely on the healthy denizens of our rivers and streams. An excellent example of cooperation in water management can be gleaned from Sunday's Seattle Times article that points how a myriad number of interest groups can find solutions to complex issues.
Finally, it isn't helpful to form coalitions that try to skirt our representative bodies. No one is going to have their water shut off. I believe such language represents extreme views and is not conducive to real solutions.