Ecology gets it wrong in the birthplace of Hirst, WRIA 1, Nooksack Rule does not comport to legislative intent in ESSB 6091, "Hirst Fix" legislation. Senators Ericksen, Honeyford, Short, and Warnick provide Ecology with comment regarding legislative intent, and the proposed rule errors which make the rule unlawful. The rule wrongfully would restrict water use on lawns and gardens, includes drought triggered water use restrictions, deviates from the "maximum annual average" method of measuring water use, and proposes to meter future water use.
CAPR Whatcom has prepared analysis and review of the proposed rule in this comprehensive document which provides deep insight into the proposed rule and the flaws within it.
There are still public hearings on the proposed rule, but most importantly submit your comments to DoE by January 17; their on line form is : http://oth.ecology.commentinput.com/?id=fdG6m
Public Hearing information:
January 7, 2020, 6:00 p.m., Fairhaven Middle School, Commons Area, 110 Parkridge Rd, Bellingham, WA 98225
January 8, 2020, 3:00 p.m., Lynden Middle School, Commons Area; 8750 Line Rd, Lynden, WA 98264
January 9, 2020, 10:00 a.m., Ecology’s Padilla Bay Reserve, 10441 Bayview Edison Rd, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273