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County Council hears pros and cons of river tubing

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County Council hears pros and cons of river tubing

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

ACME, Wash. – The Whatcom County Council is considering a ban on inner tubing on the south fork of the Nooksack River.

At a council meeting Tuesday people described tubing as both a nuisance and a recreational asset.

Property owners along the river say they have problems with tubers’ parking, trespassing, drinking and littering.

Play tubing opponent

Tubers say there is not enough public access to the river and the county needs to take advantage of the tourism that the river brings.

Play tubing proponent

Jackie Rossing, co-owner of the Acme General Store, says they rely on the business that tubers bring in during hot summer days.

Play Jackie Rossing on tubing business

Undersheriff Jeff Parks says the Sheriff’s office doesn’t currently have the resources to deal with tubers that are breaking the law.