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Sen. Ericksen: Water measure would expand berry production

KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Raspberry farmers in Whatcom County would be rewarded for their water conservation efforts under a bill in the state Senate.

Many local berry farmers installed more-efficient drip irrigation systems to water their crops starting in the mid-80’s.

Senator Doug Ericksen of Ferndale says this bill will allow those farmers to use water on more land so they can grow more berries.

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About 55 raspberry farmers in Whatcom County would be allowed to change the place-of-use on their water rights permit.

The bill unanimously passed a state Senate committee on Tuesday.

It will go to the Senate floor next week before moving on to the state House.

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