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WATER - Does Whatcom County Really Have a Water Shortage?


Bellingham City Club, a forum for community engagement, delves into the topic of water. Public perception often presumes that our water supply is ample, but is there enough to satisfy the needs of fish, agriculture, cities, and landowners? How big a factor is climate change? The program follows lunch shared with fellow community members. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 23. City Club welcomes two local experts, Eric Hirst and Hank Kastner who will address these questions and more. Following the presentation, City Club members may ask their questions first, and then if time permits, guests will have an opportunity. Eric Hirst has been an environmental activist since he was a graduate student in engineering at Stanford University in the mid-1960s. Most of his career as an energy policy analyst at Oak Ridge National Laboratory focused on energy efficiency. Eric moved to Bellingham 16 years ago. Since then, he served on three advisory committees for the City of Bellingham, was on the board of directors for RE Sources for Sustainable Communities from late 2010 through early 2015, and is now on the board of the Center for Environmental Law & Policy. During the past five years, Eric has focused on local water issues, reading, analyzing, meeting with all kinds of people and writing articles for local publications. Although very much an environmental advocate, Eric has reached out to those with different perspectives, especially farmers, to discuss possible solutions to our water problems. Hank Kastner is an active citizen in Bellingham; a member of the League of Women Voters of Bellingham & Whatcom County; a volunteer with the Whatcom Land Trust; co-chair of the Tenmile Clean Water Project; and has been following water issues in Whatcom County since 2013.