County wont protect eroding berry field

County wont protect eroding berry field


KGMI News Reporting
By Joe Teehan

BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Whatcom County Council has reversed an earlier decision to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to save a private berry field.

The council voted in May to spend $760,000 to shore up the bank of the Nooksack River, which is eroding the field near Highway 9 that’s owned by developer David Syre.

But at it’s meeting this week, the council voted 5-2 against spending the money.

The farmer who leases the land says the project deserves public money because the river also threatens Highway 9.

That concern was echoed by council member Barbara Brenner who voted in favor of the project.

The other council members said they decided the money would be better spent elsewhere.

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