Water in Whatcom County, and Why We Should be Concerned
Presentation by Eric Hirst
Wednesday, March 15, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Carl Cozier Elementary School
If you’ve ever thought that water, and having enough of it, was a “dry” subject, then you owe it to yourself to come out to this presentation by local water researcher Eric Hirst. If you think that it’s water, water everywhere in the Pacific Northwest, the fact is that even here in Whatcom County there isn’t always enough water for all the people, crops and fish that need it. And that problem will only get worse if we don’t understand how to manage our finite water supplies. Environmental researcher Eric Hirst is just the person to explain it all. He has a Ph.D. in engineering from Stanford University, spent 30 years analyzing energy policy at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and retired to Bellingham 14 years ago where he continues his environmental analysis and activism. You may recognize his name from last year’s Whatcom County vs. Hirst, Futurewise, et al. decision by the Washington State Supreme Court. That case found that Whatcom County’s failure to comply with legal obligations to protect water resources required that it now coordinate its land-use planning with water availability.
This presentation is sponsored by the Mt. Baker Group/Washington Chapter of the Sierra Club, and is free to all interested in understanding how water affects every aspect of our lives. Beverages and snacks will be served. Questions and answers will follow Mr. Hirst’s presentation. If you want to know more about water or other key environmental issues in this region check out the Mt. Baker Group’s website at http://www.sierraclub.org/washington/mount-baker-whatcom-skagitsanjuan.