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.

Play Sen. Doug Ericksen on water bill

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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