Education & Research

Navigating water and property rights in the state of Washington

originally published April 11, 2017— “Water, water, everywhere, And all the boards did shrink; Water, water, everywhere, Nor any drop to drink.” ― Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Washington State can feel like this sometimes. Though it seems abundant, water isn’t necessarily always available for use ― even for those who…

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Recent Decisions Severely Impact Property Owners

originally published March 27, 2017— By: Jim McKinney, Executive Director, Common Threads Northwest The WHATCOM COUNTY COUNCIL moratoriums on Cherry Point industrial growth and drilling previously exempt home-use wells have a dramatic impact on our economy and tax base.  They cost businesses and individual property owners hundreds of millions of dollars.  Because of the Council…

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What Cherry Point taxes mean to Local Schools

originally published March 2017— A significant portion of income for Whatcom County public school districts comes from: Maintenance and operations (M&O) levies, which help fund the ongoing costs of running the school, and Bonds, which typically are used to fund larger school renovations, new construction, and other capital projects. In the Ferndale School District, for…

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Water rights decision bogs down water rights on wells

originally published March 2017— Perry Eskridge | Executive Officer and Government Affairs Director Whatcom County Association of REALTORS® “Whiskey’s for drinkin’, water’s for fightin’.” – Mark Twain The Washington Supreme Court upended established water law several months ago with the October 6, 2016 decision in Hirst vs. Whatcom County.  Prior to the decision, water appropriation…

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Local Elections Matter

originally published March 2017— First turnover of County Council under new system holds profound implications with 4 seats open By Business Pulse magazine staff One of the most important elements of any democracy is how representatives are elected. It is no less important here in Whatcom County. In 2015 County voters approved significant changes to…

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2014 Employment at Cherry Point Report

originally published Jan. 9th, 2017 Whatcom County Council has a choice: Is Cherry Point open for business, or not? John Huntley, president of Mills Electric in Bellingham, found himself recently in a place he never thought he’d be – in a room full of people on a snowy night, standing in front of the Whatcom…

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2017 Whatcom County Agribusiness Analysis Report

WWU  Center for Economic and Business Research commissioned by the WBA as part of the StepUp Campaign in collaboration with Whatcom Family Farmers and other industry experts.  2017 Whatcom County Agribusiness Analysis Report, view If you are interested in supporting Whatcom Business Alliance Step Up for Business Advocacy, Education and Research efforts, click here.

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