Meeting March 12th
I just received the following email regarding the proposal for Whatcom County to acquire a portion of the Lake Whatcom Watershed. Since we all drink the water from there, we should probably be aware of what is going on.
I write today because you’re on the MNAC list as a leader in your neighborhood. My apologies for sending you unsolicited email – no doubt your inbox is full – but I want to make sure Bellingham neighborhoods know about an upcoming vote at the Whatcom County Council. On March 12th the Whatcom County Council votes whether to protect one-quarter of our drinking watershed as the LakeWhatcomForestPreservePark. Not only will they protect 1/4 of our drinking watershed, but Whatcom County Parks will be putting in place a very low-impact park providing hiking and biking trails in a beautiful forest, just outside the city. That’s why more than 100 local businesses have signed on in support.
Bellingham neighborhoods and citizens can help make this happen:
- Lend your voice! Attend the council meeting – RSVP to receive talking points. Arrive by 5 pm at the Whatcom County Council Chambers on March 12th to sign in to speak to ensure your brief and appreciative comment gets heard. All you need to say is your name, your address and a sentence or two about why you support the Lake Whatcom Forest Preserve Park. Please keep your comments to about 1 minute so that everyone can be heard.
- Send an email urging a “yes” vote for the new park.
The Lake Whatcomreconveyance heralds new trails for low-impact recreation, old-growth forests for scenery and wildlife, reduced risk of dangerous landslides, and local control of our natural resources. It’s win-win, all the way home.
Yet one thing we’ve learned is to take nothing for granted. The vote tally will be close. Only you can ensure that this epic opportunity for Bellingham and Whatcom County is not lost.
If you have questions about the draft plans for this new low-impact park, there’s a great presentation on the county website here.