The WaterWork program is leading our community toward long-term solutions to water conflicts emerging within our growing county. We use policy, education, and collaboration with governments, tribes, agriculture, private interests, and citizens to ensure smart use of our shared resources. We believe the only way we can ensure enough clean water for fish, farms, and people is if we all work together toward that goal, supporting our leaders with actionable, balanced solutions. Help fund this important work.
Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan
Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan informs regulatory policy, budget decisions, and development standards for local government on a 20-year planning horizon. RE Sources pushed for policies protecting clean water, preventing urban sprawl, investing in energy security, and discouraging unrefined fossil fuel export projects. In August 2016, the Whatcom County Council adopted an updated plan. Support our work and help us ensure Whatcom County utilizes the Comprehensive Plan to implement progressive policies for clean water.
Livestock Feeding Operations
Concentrated Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) permit requires agriculture operations of a certain size to better manage the manure, litter, or process wastewater they produce.
More than 4,5000 Washington residents submitted comments on the draft permit, calling for: Mandatory groundwater monitoring; science-based manure application requirements and restrictions; science-based riparian buffers for streams; implementation of best technology; and adequate agency funding. Read more.