July 16, 2015 Rachael Paschal Osborn
As reported in our recent post, “The Tale of the Nooksack Nine,” the Department of Ecology went above and beyond its usual water mismanagement when — faced with clear evidence of illegal water diversions from the Nooksack River – the agency decided to issue permits, rather than penalty orders, to the culprits.
More recently, it has been revealed that the Nooksack Nine — who now possess water rights — continue to divert in violation of the requirements of their newly issued rights. When does it stop?
On June 24 and 26 Ecology made good on a bad idea and issued water rights allowing the Nooksack Nine to divert water. These rights are, of course, interruptible. […]