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State board wants tougher water rules in Whatcom County

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State board wants tougher water rules in Whatcom County

KGMI News Reporting
By Karen Taylor

WHATCOM COUNTY, Wash. – A state board says Whatcom County needs to impose tougher rules for water usage.

The Growth Management Hearings Board says the county is not doing enough to protect water supplies in rural areas.

Whatcom County Councilmember Kathy Kershner says it could mean people will pay a whole lot more to access well water or build on their property.

Play Kathy Kershner on water rules

The Whatcom County Council will be looking over the board’s ruling in the next week to decide whether they will appeal any of its findings.

Kershner says they hope to find a solution that will protect county streams and underground wells while also saving money for the county and rural homeowners.