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Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship

address  1207 Ellsworth St.
 Bellingham, WA  98225
phone (360) 733-3837

April 30 Sunday Forum at BUF: "Stewardship of the Nooksack River Watershed"

April 30 Sunday Forum at BUF: "Stewardship of the Nooksack River Watershed"

Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship 1207 Ellsworth St., Bellingham WA 98225-3122 Phone: 360-733-3837; Fax: 360-733-1420 Email: Website: Media Contact: Rachel Smith Manrique ( or 360-920-7638) FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Bert Webber, professor emeritus of geography and environmental social sciences at WWU, will speak on “Stewardship of the Nooksack River Watershed” at the Sunday Forum of Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship on Sunday, April 30, 2017 at 9:15 a.m. Among the topics to be addressed are: What is our responsibility as stewards of the land and water resources in Whatcom County? Do we accept what has happened or do we support changes that are fair to all? How can that be done? The State Department of Ecology has determined that the flow of water in the Nooksack River and its tributaries is below the amount necessary for natural functions of the riparian areas to be sustained. The Lummi and Nooksack tribes have a legal right, dating back to 1855, to a number of salmon in the Nooksack necessary to support a reasonable commercial salmon harvest. No further rights to extract water from the surface of subsurface exist. The County may not issues permits for wells that serve new needs, including residences. The agriculture of Whatcom County contributes $350 million per year to the local economy. Commercial and sports fishing contribute a tiny fraction of that amount. Although the reasons for reduced salmon runs are complex, there is no doubt that the water and land resources dedicated to agriculture contribute largely to reduced salmon runs. Webber says, “I came to Bellingham in 1970 to help start Huxley College of the Environment. My chief areas of interest are marine ecology and environmental protection. ###
Bert Webber;Nooksack River Watershed
Event Info: (360) 733-3837
Ages: Teens and Up
Price: Free and open to the public
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 • Sun 4/30/17 at 9:15am