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whatcom fallsWelcome to Noisy Waters Northwest! Many facts, figures, stories, and perspectives are, sadly, often unheralded in our local media in Whatcom County, Washington.  Click on the title of items on our picturesque story board for a refreshing splash of information that won’t be held back. If you prefer a list format click on the All Info Lists, here or the tab listed under Menu or next to our header. There is a search field on the list pages to search all information on this blog site. All posts note their categories of commentary or news related content. Continue reading

Tools for supporting Water Protectors at Standing Rock, #NODAPL / Noisy Waters Northwest

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November 28, 2016  Dena Jensen

Below you will find links to three PDF files that wonderful people have compiled that provide web links, snail mail addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers that you can access to offer your support, in numerous ways, of those protecting water and tribal treaty rights in Standing Rock North Dakota as they face eviction from treaty lands by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Talking points are provided as well. Continue reading

Important to get clarification on Mr. Buckingham’s statements made about GPT pier litigation / Facebook Post, Sj Robson

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Click the graphic to listen to the audio recording of the October 27, 2016 Planning Commission work session on the Cherry Point amendments.  

Click the graphic to listen to the audio recording of the October 27, 2016 Planning

1 hr  November 6, 2016  Sandy Robson

Whatcom County Civil Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Royce Buckingham, addressed the County Planning Commission during its October 27th work session on the 2016 Docket Cherry Point Amendments. The attached photo shows an excerpt of the dialogue between Mr. Buckingham and a Planning Commissioner that I transcribed from the County’s posted audio recording of that meeting. Continue reading

The Whatcom County Planning Commission Presents Theater of The Absurd: The Cherry Point Amendments / Facebook Post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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Click the graphic to view the November 1, 2016 Cherry Point Memo and attached documents which are part of the meeting materials for the November 10, 2016 Planning Commission work session on the Cherry Point amendments

4:25am  November 5, 2016  Wendy Harris
The County Planning Commission is meeting on Thursday, the 10th, (6:30 PM in council chambers) and I was extremely disappointed to review on the agenda the ridiculous “alternative approaches” for the SEPA review, trumped up by the administration in the hopes of derailing the Weimer Cherry Point amendments. Continue reading

Whatcom County Council agenda for next Tuesday is out / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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9:11am  November 3, 2016  Wendy Harris

The council agenda for next Tuesday is out.

Want to see how seriously the county really values restoring Lake Whatcom? It is proposing $50,000 for a homeowner incentive program that will go into retrofitting watershed homes to achieve better on site infiltration and reduce stormwater run-off.  Continue reading

Public comment on the 2016 docketed Cherry Point Amendments – addressing the Oct. 26, 2016 letter from PIT to the Whatcom County Planning Commission / Letter to the Whatcom County Planning Commission, Sandy Robson

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Click the graphic to view the October 06, 2016 letter from Pacific International Terminals (PIT) to the Planning Commission regarding their application for permits with Whatcom County as related to the proposed Cherry Point amendments to the Comprehensive Plan

November 2, 2016  Sandy Robson

Dear Whatcom County Planning Commission:

Please consider this an official comment on the 2016 docketed Cherry Point Amendments, identified presently by County Planning and Development Services (PDS) as: “Proposal – Council Resolution (initiated by Council under Resolution 2016- 027),” to the 2016 County Comprehensive Plan Update.

My comment will address the October 26, 2016, letter from Gateway Pacific Terminal (GPT) applicant Pacific International Terminals (PIT) VP Skip Sahlin, sent to the Whatcom County Planning Commission regarding the 2016 docketed Cherry Point Amendments to the County Comprehensive Plan Chapter 2 Land Use Cherry Point UGA, currently under review by the Planning Commission. Continue reading

Expanding Whatcom County’s outreach to Cherry Point UGA stakeholders / Letter to Whatcom County Planning Commission and Whatcom County Council, Dena Jensen

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October 28, 2016  Dena Jensen

Dear Whatcom County Planning Commission and Whatcom County Council:

I am writing today because there has been discussion by both the planning commission and county council about collaborating with stakeholders at Cherry Point regarding the proposal and alternatives for the Cherry Point UGA section of the Land Use Chapter for the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update. So far, in what I have heard about this collaboration, only the businesses/industries at Cherry Point have been mentioned, especially in terms of outreach from the planning commission or council. Continue reading