BRIEF: Ecology wants advisers for panel on water, agriculture
Skagit Valley Herald (Mount Vernon, WA), 2014-02-20
Feb. 20--The state Department of Ecology has invited livestock producers, wheat and other crop growers, environmental groups and tribes to join a new agriculture and water quality advisory committee.
The agency's goal is to expand and improve working relationships with farmers to ensure both healthy water quality and a healthy agricultural industry.
"I believe we can have on-the-ground approaches that preserve agricultural lands and protect water quality if we roll up our sleeves and work together on this," Ecology Director Maia Bellon said in a news release.
Members of the committee will have hands-on experience in the industry in order to provide guidance on key policy issues.
Vic Stokes, president of the Washington Cattlemen's Association, has been invited to co-chair the group.
The first meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, in Lacey. Meetings will be open to the public and locations will alternate between Eastern and Western Washington.
More information is available online at skagit. ws/1oTsCYg.
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