Water is rapidly decreasing worldwide and is becoming a very valuable commodity. Our county is not immune to this concern. The Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribes have water rights to ensure they have ample water for fishing and living. We have farmers requiring lots of water for irrigation but this presents concerns about polluting water with herbicides and pesticides. There are people with land that wonder if they can get wells dug to make their land useable. There are people wanting to buy property but they don't know if they can get permission to drill a well. Then we have homes that rely on our watersheds and community water associations. There is tons of need but the needs must be prioritized. I support and would work to implement the decision of the Hirst decision. I do not support fighting the decision in court.
There will not be enough water to go around and we need to consider this fact when we decide what new industries would be beneficial to the county. Given the water issues we are currently facing, I think it should be difficult for us as a county to allow any new industries that would require a large amount of our water. We can't do it all and some people will not be happy however if we run out of clean water, we are all in deep trouble.
Air quality in our county depends on how close you are to the train or industry as well as who is burning wood/debris in the neighborhood. Winds and weather also play a role in how well we can breathe and what toxins are getting in to our lungs. Some of these factors can be changed but some cannot. We must work to mitigate the dangers as much as possible as our responsibility as a government is to protect the citizens. I will do my best to represent your interests as we usually have the laws but not the will to enforce them for fear of offending or making someone upset.
The land that we love to travel through in our county is filled with rolling farms and beautiful animals both wild and domestic. Unfortunately this also means we come in conflict with both. The beautiful farms can bring us polluted water and land and the beautiful animals (the cows and other livestock) can pollute the environment during all stages of their growth and then through their death. We are now considering which wild animals must be eliminated because they are harming our land, pets or people. These wild animals have lived on this land long before us but now we must figure out a way to coexist. Who gets to stay is a question we have to consider before making plans for growth and expansion.
The Salish Sea is an integral part of our county and it is our responsibility to ensure it is safe to fish in, swim in, play in and drink. If these waters are not healthy, the aquatic life as we know it will cease to exist. The Nooksack and Lummi Nation’s ties to the water are part of their history, culture and life on a day to day basis. We must help them to keep the waters clean by making sure we do not allow for industry that will inevitably pollute the water. The risk to the water is way to great to risk any increased shipping in the Cherry Point area. History has shown that accidental spills are never truly cleaned adequately and the environment is never the same. We cannot afford to take that chance, any more than we already do.