How’s the Nooksack Doing? / Get Whatcom Planning, Jean Melious

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Tropical salmon, photographed in the South Fork of the Nooksack. Salmon are very adaptable.

Thursday, July 30, 2015  Jean Melious

I’ve been out of town for most of July.  From afar, I see that low water levels and high temperatures are killing off fish in the Columbia River, the Snake River in Idaho, and some rivers in Oregon.

Bummer for them, right?  But they’re not OUR fish.  Who can tell me how the Nooksack is doing?

I know, I know, there’s nothing to worry about.  Whatcom County has “plenty of water.”  That’s the favorite line of the state Department of Ecology, which is charged with making sure that there’s enough water in the Nooksack to keep fish alive.  Similarly, our local opinion-leaders in the building industry and the Tea Party folks insist that we’re wasting water by leaving so much in the rivers. (See my earlier blog, in which I relay their clarion call that “The fish are drowning!”) […]

Read Jean’s complete post on Get Whatcom Planning here.

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