Wednesday, January 20, 2016 Matt Petryni
Xwot’qom is a Coast Salish word (translated roughly as “noisy water”) from which Whatcom County takes its name. One perhaps better translated as “turbulent,” or “troubled water,” for it means the same thing but somehow more accurately describes the place we call home. Whatcom County is a place that wrestles with big questions, and we’re at a critical crossroads between vanishing dirty industries and a proving ground for cleaner, more advanced ones that will take their place. We are home to the country’s first environmental college and its largest coal terminal proposal, the state’s largest clean energy employers and its dirtiest carbon polluters, the west coast’s largest tribal fishing fleet and, of course, more than 200,000 people.
Over the next six months, we will be responsible for navigating the troubled waters and charting a course to our future as Whatcom County undergoes the state-mandated review of its comprehensive plan. […]