Whatcom asks state to pay for pilot program to offset well water use – Bellingham Herald

So after fighting this all the way to the Supreme Court the county now wants us taxpayers to foot the bill for trying this out. I suppose this might be a good trial situation. But let’s remember we don’t offer government sponsored trials for solar panels.

The County Council has asked the state Legislature to pay for a three-year pilot project that could address a state Supreme Court mandate that Whatcom County ensure new permit-exempt wells don’t hurt minimum stream flows and senior water rights. The idea came from County Councilman Rud Browne. The council voted Dec. 6 to ask the state for money, although no specific amount was requested…. The system – which includes software, water tanks, water meters – would allow homeowners in rural Whatcom County taking part in the pilot to seasonally store water during the wet winter months to offset the impact of their use in drier months. It would cost a little over $16,000 for a four-person household. Kie Relyea reports. (Bellingham Herald)


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