GIPAC Focuses on Groundwater Protection
The Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee (GIPAC) is an elected community group recognized by Skagit County as representing the island’s interests in the implementation of the Guemes Island Subarea Plan. Because protection of island groundwater resources is a primary concern of the subarea plan, GIPAC has committed to focusing on water issues as a top priority in its current work plan.
GIPAC recently published a background paper reviewing the current status of Skagit County regulations and programs that affect the drilling of new wells on the island and the impact of wells on the island’s aquifer. In addition, the paper outlines strategies that GIPAC proposes to undertake to protect our aquifer. This summary is designed to provide an overview. The full paper is available here.