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Current Events  -   updated April 20th, 2003 -- mgb Terminology: glossary of "common" tech-terms
USGS Mercury Study Proposal     Town Hall     NSE DEIS     Thoroughfares?     WD10 Meeting     LL sewerpipe     Feb WD10 pumping       footer

The rainy season of 2002-03 came and went with no big storms - we were lucky.

click here to report:
threatening the Lake



Your letter had to have been IN the County office by
4:30PM April 15th, 2002.

John Guenther, Deputy SEPA Official
email jguenthe@co.whatcom.wa.gov
Whatcom County
Department of Planning and Development Services
5280 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, WA 98226 Phone: (360) 676-6907
"North Shore Estates", is the successor proposal to the ill-fated "Winchester Estates", both by Peck Uy and Pat Jones (owner - engineer).

"Fact Sheet" -- text from DEIS
Drainage map, and potential problems.

Only one person spoke in favor of the project (Mr. Jones, the project Engineer) at the public meeting April 3rd, (Wed) to hear spoken "comments" on the DEIS. . "Comments" in this technical sense may mean-----
  • criticism of the real environmental harm that the project will cause,
  • criticism of the ways that the proponent intends to mitigate the harm, and
  • criticism of the DEIS document, where it does not adequately explain the real environmental harm.

City -- Eagle Ridge -- North Shore Estates (site)

North Shore Estates. DEIS poorly addresses the water quality and health impairments and how they affect the community.
map shows.....
Basin 1 ..|.. Basin 2
          and how close the City water intake is!
March 22nd, 2002 - Friday

At the WD10 meeting, the WDoE explained the 303(d) listing and the TMDL study program, and outlined the steps needed to remove the "IMPAIRED WATERBODY" listing now in effect.
The chart at right is not real data, but illustrates the degradation of some relevant measure (example: D.O.) to the point that it falls below the minimum limit allowed.
This is not real data, only illustrative of a typical trend!
Where are we along this kind of line?
the TMDL study will address the impairment and how to establish that it has been corrected.

March 14th, 2002 - Thursday

At the Joint Management Team meeting (CC10), the WD10 announced their program on the Lake Louise "Interceptor", including construction start, costs and funding, and financial income needed. This amounts to about 2,500 new homes expected (planned) in the Service-Area.
The SewerPipe Route:

The new pressure pipe will leave Sudden Valley near Lake Louise (right side of map) go along the Lake Louise Road, zig through the Geneva UGA, and end in Whatcom Falls Park.
Whatcom Falls Park   <--     Geneva    <--     Strawberry Point   <--     Sudden Valley   <--     Lake Louise
The new pressure pipe will leave SV on the Lake Louise Road, zig through Geneva, and end in Whatcom Falls Park.

February 23rd, 2002 - Saturday

Rains on the evening of Friday, February 22nd 2002, reached such a level that Water District 10 activated their new spill response plan.

Did it work? Read the story and see the fotos. More....

The Initiative Group -- Whatcom
Our bottom-line principles are:
Protect the water supply in perpetuity -- maintain ecological viability of the lake for natural species -- distribute the financial burden fairly among those benefitting -- take immediate action if prudent -- take definitive action -- avoid actions which cut off future options.
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