Agriculture

Ericksen proposes sensible solution to Whatcom County water concerns Avoid court battle by pursuing policy-based path instead, says veteran lawmaker OLYMPIA… It took 42 years and countless tax dollars to produce the 2019 court decision that finally settled a case about water rights in the Yakima River Basin. Sen. Doug Ericksen doesn’t want farmers, homeowners, employers and other with... 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...
My bills to promote renewable energy and telecommunications development pass Senate Today the Senate approved two bills I proposed to encourage new forms of renewable energy and increase development in Washington’s telecommunications industry. Both bills received only favorable testimony during public hearings in the Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee, which I chair. Two of my goals for this year are to promote new energy... 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...