Addressing a statement by Whatcom County Council Member Brenner at 4/18/17 Council Meeting regarding exempt well report / Letter to Council Member Barbara Brenner, Dena Jensen

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April 28, 2017  Dena Jensen

Below is a letter I sent to Whatcom County Council Member Barbara Brenner regarding a statement she made at the April 18, 2017 Whatcom County Council Meeting related to a Department of Ecology report on exempt wells.  The Council was voting that night on interim amendments to the Whatcom County Comprehensive plan pertaining to the Hirst decision. Continue reading

Racism, Specisism and Perspective / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris


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9 hrs  June 14, 2016  Wendy Harris

This same point was really driven home to me by Lummi Nation a couple of years ago when DOE issued its proposal for clean up of the Whatcom Waterway. In discussing the cost/benefit analysis, it started since the time of colonization. The Lummis were upset that to white people (us), history began only at the moment they arrived. Continue reading

Idea for Our Times: Puget Sound Repair Project / NorthwestCitizen, Tip Johnson

The Jackhammer Siphon of the Los Angeles Aquaduct appears unintimidated by hills


Mon, Mar 07, 2016, 9:40 am  Tip Johnson

Imagine a toilet that can’t flush but still gets used.  OK, sorry about that, but it’s exactly the problem with Puget Sound.  Like any water body lacking an outlet, it is doomed to collect and concentrate anything sent its way.  And we are sending way too much. Continue reading

The County Misleads Public And PC On Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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Yesterday at 2:48am  February 22, 2016  Wendy Harris

The County Misleads Public And PC On Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas
(and may impact in stream flows that have implications for the Nooksack)

The planning department asserts that it is having the PC review the “easy” stuff on Thursday, which is rather misleading. Continue reading

The Critical Areas Ordinance Horse and Pony Show? / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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14 hrs  February  14, 2016  Wendy Harris

The CAO Horse and Pony Show?

Oh yeah, one more thing… I think the entire process is starting to look like a horse and pony show. I put almost 2 years of work into this project under challenging conditions and how many of my suggestions and recommendations are reflected in the final work product? 0 (zero). Continue reading

The Science Is Clear. Manure Contaminates Drinking Wells. / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

Nitrogen Dynamics
6 hrs  February 1, 2016  Wendy Harris

While the farmers continue to deny any responsibility for the dangerous nitrate contamination in county ground water and drinking wells, more studies continue to document the connection between manure management and ground water quality, explain how and why this occurs and offer solutions that could reduce the amount of nitrogen loading. Continue reading