Meeting in Lynden on plan to protect farmers’ water

A coalition of farmers is hosting the second of two meetings to help farmers in proposed irrigation districts understand how the new districts would work.

The public is invited to the meeting, to be held 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Mt. Baker Rotary Building, 1751 Front St.

Organizers are calling the four proposed districts “watershed improvement” districts. They are intended to provide a legitimate water supply to farmers who are irrigating in excess of their water rights. Lummi Nation and Nooksack Indian Tribe have asked the federal courts to set minimum flows for fish-bearing streams. The rest of the available water would be for farmers, municipalities, industries and rural residents.

Property owners with at least 4 1/2 acres within the proposed district boundaries will decide whether to form the districts in an election-by-mail that should begin next month. The election dates cannot be set until the Whatcom County Council approves the four districts’ boundaries and names, which could happen as early as Tuesday.

For more information go to wfcoop.com/ag-district-coalition.