Water

Senate committee to examine water quality rule-making process On Monday, Sept. 23, at 10 a.m. the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee will hold a special meeting to brief members and interested parties on the progress that has been made towards determining standards for water quality in Washington state. The Department of Ecology and key stakeholders have been... Read More...
Ericksen bill to assist berry farms in Whatcom County moves forward A bill I brought forward to assist area farmers by ensuring their water-conservation efforts are recognized by the state Department of Ecology was approved by the state Senate and will now move to the House of Representatives. Senate Bill 5199 requires DOE to initiate a process to allow berry farmers... Read More...
Preserving our state’s low-cost power and encouraging conservation Two bills I’m proposing are among several measures to revise the state’s renewable-energy requirements to preserve our low-cost power. They received a public hearing on February 12 in the Senate’s Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which I chair. The issue is that current state law is forcing us to ship our low-cost, clean hydropower... Read More...
Ericksen TV: two bills to aid Whatcom County farms and fairs This week my video update focuses on two bills I introduced to aid important entities in Whatcom County – our farms and our fairs. Senate Bill 5078 would modify state law to allow non-profit fairs to continue to rent out their facilities during the off-season without taking a tax hit. Senate... Read More...
Senator Ericksen’s Blueprint – A fresh, forward-thinking energy strategy Energy policy is the subject of this week’s Blueprint for a Better Washington. Senator Ericksen outlines his approach, which would encourage innovation and keep the focus on cost to the consumer while keeping Washington state’s at the forefront of clean, renewable energy. Read the full Blueprint by clicking here: Ericksen_Blueprint_Energy Read More...