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Mount Baker Group

The Mount Baker group serves Whatcom, Skagit, and San Juan counties. Sponsor of many fun outings and gatherings, we focus on water quality issues and development standards to protect the environment.

To reach the Mt. Baker Group please contact:

General email: MtBaker@washington.sierraclub.org

or Stan Parker, parkerstan1@yahoo.com 2520 Jefferson Street, Bellingham WA 98225 360-738-0770

 

See our future outings and events on the Chapter calendar.

 

**SIERRA CLUB ENDORSES CANDIDATES, PLANS VOLUNTEER EFFORTS**

The Mt Baker Group and the Washington Chapter of the Sierra Club have endorsed the following candidates who will be on our local ballots this November:

 

US Congress                   District 1       Susan DelBene

State Senate                  District 42     Seth Fleetwood
State House - Pos 1      District 42     Satpal Sidhu
State House - Pos 2      District 42     Joy Monjure
State House - Pos 1      District 40     Kris Lytton

You can see all the endorsements in Washington at:

   www.cascade.sierraclub.org/endorsements/2014

The 42nd District Senate race is one of the top targeted races in the state, for the Sierra Club and many other groups on both sides, because it represents an opportunity to gain a majority in the State Senate for climate change legislation and other priorities of the Club. When we have a strong Club presence in the campaigns of our chosen candidates, the Club is more effective when working with those same people once they are in office. Besides actually helping them get elected.

The Mt Baker group is in the planning stages of how we would like to contribute volunteer time to these campaigns. If you have ideas, or would like to help, contact Natalie McClendon, 360-319-8287.

 

EVENTS

TOTEM POLE JOURNEY STOPS

Submitted by Judith Akins

As I write this the 2014 totem pole is traveling from a stop in Seattle and San Juan and Vancouver Islands on its way to Vancouver BC to raise awareness about the destructive path of the oil and coal export proposals. Carved by Lummi Nation elder Master Carver Jewell James the 20-footlong totem is making its way along its 6000 mile journey with final resting place with the Beaver Lake Cree Nation in Edmonton AB. As the new Chair of the Mt Baker Group of the WA State Chapter of the Sierra Club, I look forward to working on the SC campaigns especially with the Lummis in keeping our environment safe and healthy. To read more about the journey go to totempolejourney.com

The public is encouraged to attend:

  • North Vancouver, September 1st:  In North Vancouver, the Blessing Ceremony will be held at the Tsleil-Waututh Town Center at 11:00 am.  There will be a Ceremony and the Tsleil-Waututh will be offering a brunch.  Please RSVP at totembrunch.eventbrite.ca.  This is not a registration but a way for TWN to determine how much food they need to prepare.  Free and open to the public. 3010 Sleil Waututh Road North Vancouver, off Dollarton Hwy.

     

     

    COAL FREE PSE CAMPAIGN CONCERT WITH DANA LYONS

     

    MONDAY SEPTEMBER 22 from 6-9PM -- Boundary Bay Brewery, 1107 Railroad Ave.  Bellingham.

    Dana Lyons performing and an update on the Coal Free PSE Campaign.

     

     

     

    THE BELLINGHAM CITY COUNCIL voted to send a letter to PSE asking them to get off coal! Big thanks to Councilmember Michael Lilliquist and all of you for calling, writing and testifying.

    You may view the letter here:

    https://www.cob.org/documents/council/Letter%20to%20PSE%208-4-14.pdf

     

                                                  

    NEWS

     

    SOLAR PROJECT – OUR NEIGHBORS IN OAK HARBOR

     

     

    Submitted by Nora Weaver

     

    Habitat for Humanity partnered with Go Solar South Kitsap to build 32 new homes at Harris Court. This new Habitat neighborhood features solar on the roof of each home. Panels provided by itek Energy of Bellingham, inverters from Poulsbo’s Blue Frog Solar and installation by Sunergy Systems of Seattle all donated at substantial savings, will allow homeowners to save energy, lower their utility bills, add value to their homes and help the planet. The neighborhood will also feature edible plants in common areas and in yards. The entire project made in Washington. For more information read here; cqrcengage.com/Washingtonrollcall/app/document/2570020;jsessionid=zsDrqSBDqhtb2ai5GvKVLR6r.undefined

     

    www.gosolarwashington.com/communities/south-kitsap

     

      

    MT. BAKER GROUP BUSINESS

    MOUNT BAKER GROUP BUSINESS MEETING

    Our next monthly meeting will be on Wednesday, September 10th at 7 PM.

    The meeting details:

        WHEN: Wednesday, September 10th, 7 PM

        WHERE:  TBA

     

    MOUNT BAKER GROUP EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE SELECTS OFFICERS

    On Saturday, August 23rd, the Mount Baker Group’s Executive Committee elected its officers for the 2014-2015 term.  They are:

        President: Judith Akins

        Vice-President: Stan Parker

        Secretary: Nora Weaver

        Treasurer: Natalie McClendon

        Mentor for Committees: Bob Aegerter

     

    This is a strong team which has made a great start! We wish them well in their new role in setting up the array of activities locally, that the Sierra Club has to offer.

     

         


     

     

Our Activities and Interests: 

The Mount Baker Group has been active in the Cherry Point Coal Terminal issue and a myriad of other activities which support sound environmental protection policies. The Group Executive Committee is responsible for making local political endorsements and working with elected officials to promote the Sierra Club’s mission.

 

Download and read the July Newsletter

 

Outings:

See the many current Washington Chapter outings: www.cascade.sierraclub.org/events/outings

 

Political News

Campaign season is here!

We will be organizing SC doorbelling days and phone-banking nights. By volunteering as a group we can show the impact of the Sierra Club endorsement and build the Club's relationship with our candidates and future representatives. We will need people to step up and help organize these events. Please contact Natalie McClendon at 319-8287 or natalie@nataliemcclendon.com to volunteer to help.

 

Ongoing Issues we care about. New Volunteers Encouraged!

Wildlife Working Group This is a new committee that meets at 6:30 PM on the third Thursday of the month. We deal with issues impacting the Marbled Murrelet, Northern Gray Wolf and many other species. Carolyn Sarah Woods is the chair. Most members call in for these meetings. Contact Bob Aegerter at boba@openaccess.org for more details

Legislative Committee This committee deals with issues coming before the Washington State Legislature. During the legislative session they hold telephone strategy meeting once a week. Meetings are more sporadic based on need the remainder of the year. Over 3,000 bills are introduced in a typical year. About 150 are of concern for environmental advocates. We help set priorities with our part time lobbyist and often go to Olympia to testify as volunteer citizen lobbyists on legislation of specific interest. Brian Kilgore is the chair. Contact Bob Aegerter at boba@openaccess.org for more information.

Gateway Pacific Terminal Project Judith Akins, Mount Baker Group, Sierra Club Since the Environmental Impact Hearings have closed on the proposed Gateway Pacific (Coal) Terminal in Ferndale, WA the three co-lead agencies (WA Department of Ecology, US Army Corps of Engineers, and Whatcom County Council) have made some decisions and contracts have been signed. Two contracts were signed on February 27, 2014; there is a contract between CH2M Hill and Whatcom County for preparation of the draft and another between the Council and Pacific International Terminals and BNSF for payment of all related to the completion of the EIS. The cost has been estimated at $7-8 million dollars. You can review the contract and related information at the Whatcom County website. There are several important aspects to be aware of and what individuals can do to help in the development of the EIS final review. "The scope of the report describes what and how the aspects of the environment should be studied including methodologies, schedules and costs. The guidance given to the consultant on how to study impacts may evolve based on the information assembled along the way." This is where the public can be involved and insist on an open process so that there is ongoing conversation about the information being gathered. We should be expecting the draft EIS to be completed in 2015 or later. (There will actually be two separate EIS documents.). After the release of the draft EIS, Whatcom County staff will prepare a staff report for submission to the Whatcom County Hearing Examiner. Recommendations from the Hearing Examiner will be given to the County Council, who will be the ultimate decision makers. Permit decisions by other agencies will follow the decision of the Council if the Council approves the project. During this time when the draft is published there will be a period open to public comments and hearings and by 2016 or later the final environmental statements will be published. Please stay tuned and vigilant as to what is being reviewed and how it is being studied and let the agencies know what your concerns are because we all have a stake in the future of our environment.

Information and quotes taken from: Whatcom County: www.co.whatcom.wa.us/pds/plan/current/gpt-ssa WA Dept. of Ecology: www.ecy.wa.gov/news/2013/197.html Scoping Report: www.eisgatewaypacificwa.gov

Blue-Green Alliance speaks out. If you read the Bellingham Herald's editorial page on Monday March 24th, you probably noticed the editorial our own Robin Everett, Organizing Representative for the Sierra Club's Coal Free Washington Campaign, co-authored with Mark Lowry, President of the Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO. Representing Washington's Blue-Green Alliance, they expressed their concern that congress may fast-track the TPP agreement, which would "...take away Congress' ability to debate TPP, amend it or do little more than vote yes or no." If you missed it, here is the link to the article online:  www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/03/24/3543080/blue-green-alliance-asks-congress.html?sp=/99/122/291