SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 30th – General Assembly – 9:30 AM to 11:30 am at Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hall – 2333 San Juan Avenue Port Townsend, WA. Agenda includes ongoing discussion about how to bring more grassroots voice to the people. Report back from Tuesday night study group.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3 – The Community Rights Coalition Study group meets on Tuesday Nights at 5:30 PM at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship hall. Discussion about consensus process and readings from READ THE DIRT and the national Community Rights movement. Here is an excerpt from the November issue of READ THE DIRT – Washington State attempts to sell Columbia River water for $6 million: Those appealing argue state can’t sell rivers, favor corporate farms over family farms.
“The waters of the state are already over-appropriated, but still Ecology continues to issue new water rights – often under political pressure to do so,” said Lee Bernheisel of the appellant Okanogan Wilderness League.
Update (November 4, 2013): Okanogan Wilderness League has filed an appeal of a new water right decision, challenging the Washington Department of Ecology’s authority to issue water rights from the Columbia River that are not conditioned on maintaining instream flows.
The appeal also challenges Ecology’s use of “out-of-kind” mitigation that allows the user to pay into a state fund for habitat restoration projects instead of curtailing pumping when river flows are too low. The price? $35.00 for every 325,000 gallons sold, or, pumped.