Announcement: District long range program open for public comment

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2016 Long Range Program Public Comment Draft

The Whatcom Conservation District develops a comprehensive long-range program recommending the conservation of all the renewable natural resources of the District every five years.  By statute its programs are to be directed toward the best use of renewable natural resources and in a manner that will best meet the needs of the District and the state.  It is to take into account a long list of considerations (see underlined below).     

District resources are limited.  Only those parts of the long-range program that are of the highest priority will be included in the District’s annual plans of work to be completed through its term.  Annual plans describe our programs, level of staffing, services offered, facilities, materials, working arrangements with others and estimated funding needed to carry them out.  Increasingly, we find it hard to help beyond what is actually in the plan.  So, if you think there is something we should be working on as a priority, let your opinion be known.

Mail written comments to Whatcom CD, 6975 Hannegan Road, Lynden, WA 98264 or send electronically to wcd@whatcomcd.org on or before November 1st.  A proposed final long-range program will then be developed and published on our website by November 17th.  The Board will receive short comments from members of the public then adopt the final long-range plan at it’s December 8th meeting.

We look forward to your participation in the development of the District’s long-range program.  Please don’t hesitate to contact George J. Boggs, at 360.526.2381 X 115 with your questions.


 

RCW 89.08.220
Corporate status and powers of district.

A conservation district organized under the provisions of chapter 184, Laws of 1973 1st ex. sess. shall constitute a governmental subdivision of this state, and a public body corporate and politic exercising public powers, but shall not levy taxes or issue bonds and such district, and the supervisors thereof, shall have the following powers, in addition to others granted in other sections of chapter 184, Laws of 1973 1st ex. sess.:

(7) To prepare and keep current a comprehensive long-range program recommending the conservation of all the renewable natural resources of the district. Such programs shall be directed toward the best use of renewable natural resources and in a manner that will best meet the needs of the district and the state, taking into consideration, where appropriate, such uses as farming, grazing, timber supply, forest, parks, outdoor recreation, potable water supplies for urban and rural areas, water for agriculture, minimal flow, and industrial uses, watershed stabilization, control of soil erosion, retardation of water run-off, flood prevention and control, reservoirs and other water storage, restriction of developments of floodplains, protection of open space and scenery, preservation of natural beauty, protection of fish and wildlife, preservation of wilderness areas and wild rivers, the prevention or reduction of sedimentation and other pollution in rivers and other waters, and such location of highways, schools, housing developments, industries, airports and other facilities and structures as will fit the needs of the state and be consistent with the best uses of the renewable natural resources of the state. The program shall include an inventory of all renewable natural resources in the district, a compilation of current resource needs, projections of future resource requirements, priorities for various resource activities, projected timetables, descriptions of available alternatives, and provisions for coordination with other resource programs.

The district shall also prepare an annual work plan, which shall describe the action programs, services, facilities, materials, working arrangements and estimated funds needed to carry out the parts of the long-range programs that are of the highest priorities.

The districts shall hold public hearings at appropriate times in connection with the preparation of programs and plans, shall give careful consideration to the views expressed and problems revealed in hearings, and shall keep the public informed concerning their programs, plans, and activities. Occupiers of land shall be invited to submit proposals for consideration to such hearings. The districts may supplement such hearings with meetings, referenda and other suitable means to determine the wishes of interested parties and the general public in regard to current and proposed plans and programs of a district. They shall confer with public and private agencies, individually and in groups, to give and obtain information and understanding of the impact of district operations upon agriculture, forestry, water supply and quality, flood control, particular industries, commercial concerns and other public and private interests, both rural and urban.

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