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Environmental impacts of new jail open for review

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

FERNDALE, Wash. – Whatcom County officials have released a report on the environmental impacts of the latest plan for a new jail.

People have about month to comment on the plan.

The report looks at the impacts of building the jail at the Labounty Road site in Ferndale.

County Executive Jack Louws says the county council will use the report and the comments when they make their decision to buy the property.

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According to the report, some wetlands would be permanently impacted by the proposed development.

The new jail would also increase traffic in the Labounty Road area. The county will have an archaeologist available in case any historic or cultural artifacts are found on the site.

People can comment on the environmental impact statement through October 14.

Written comments may be submitted to:

Michael Russell
Whatcom County Facilities Management,
316 Lottie Street,
Bellingham, WA. 98225.

Email comments may be submitted to: newjail@whatcomcounty.us.

Comments on the supplemental draft may be provided at a public comment meeting to be held on Thursday, September 26, at 6:00 p.m. at City of Ferndale council chambers.

The supplemental draft is available on the whatcom county new jail planning website: www.co.whatcom.wa.us/jailsiting/index.jsp