KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – Today, the Whatcom County Council will discuss what to do about problems associated with the popular local summer pastime of inner tubing down the south fork of the Nooksack River.
Property owners along the river have complained about trespassing, drunken and lewd behavior, and even assaults from some tubers.
Council member Ken Mann says he believes the council will likely agree to authorize more funding for the Sheriff’s office, which recently increased weekend patrols to enforce existing laws along the river.
County Executive Jack Louws has given the council three options.
He says the council either needs to build parking lots and bathrooms so tubers will have less of an impact on property owners, ramp up enforcement on tubers causing problems, or ban tubing altogether.
The council will discuss options during its noon meeting at the Whatcom County Courthouse.