9/12/17 Whatcom County Council meeting: Please come speak at open session RE the need to send the CAO back for more review / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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3 hrs  September 11, 2017  Wendy Harris

I have been informed that “Liberty Road” has invited private property rights advocates to swarm the County Council Public Hearings and Open Session tomorrow night. Among the purported offenses are public hearings for an Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code 8.13, Solid Waste Disposal District, regarding the Solid Waste Excise Privilege Tax (AB2017-244) and an Ordinance amending Whatcom County Code Title 20 Zoning and the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan relating to cumulative impervious surface coverage standards (AB2017-195). Continue reading

General Overview of Problems With Critical Area Ordinance / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

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10 hrs  February 22, 2017  Wendy Harris

Will the council approve a Critical Area Ordinance (CAO) that does not comply with the GMA? It is looking more and more likely. I am sick to my stomach thinking that after just one “general issues” work session, council will be ready to vote on the updated Critical Area Ordinance. It really did not help that few people participated, but how could they when there was no real training provided on such a technical issue? Perhaps if the CAO was not improperly separated from the Comp. Plan update, it would have been easier to obtain public input. Continue reading

Upcoming hearing in Bellingham on revised Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) permits on July 26th / Facebook Post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

Farmers speak up for dairies

2 hrs  July 15, 2016  Wendy Harris

In most industries, when you break the laws and violate regulations, you get fined, you can loose your license or even go to jail. Not so for local farmers who actually get rewarded when found to be out of compliance with public health and safety laws. Continue reading

Cows Create Dangerous Air Pollution For Nearby Residents / Facebook post, Whatcom Hawk, Wendy Harris

how growth in dairy8 hrs  June 23, 2016  Wendy Harris

“Summer evenings, when the air’s real still, every one of those cows is kicking up dust with every step, manure dust,” Mr. Frantz said. “That cloud of dust can float right into your home, right over it, through the cracks. It’s manure that you’re breathing, not even dirt.” – From the NY Times article (above) by Beth Gardiner 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