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Mayor Maxwell & Tethys Enterprises Secretly Negotiate

Oct. 2, 2013

Anacortes, WA

Skagit County

Anacortes taxpayers paid $48,139.49 to Foster Pepper of Seattle to write the 2010 Tethys-City of Anacortes water agreement that contains no termination clause for either Tethys or the City of Anacortes.

Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin learned yesterday that Tethys Enterprises and Mayor Maxwell/Foster Pepper have been secretly negotiating the termination of the 2010 Water Agreement. Two Anacortes city council members learned about negotiations yesterday. Maxwell is yet to inform [...]

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Now is the Time to Rekindle Trust

Sept. 28, 2013

Anacortes, Washington

Council Member Ryan Walters, Council Member Eric Johnson, Council Member Cynthia Richardson, Council Member Erica Pickett, Council Member Brad Adams, Council Member Brian Geer,Council Member Bill Turner

Dear Council Members:

The muddlement of the City of Anacortes-Tethys Enterprises water agreement stands for a city process gone wrong during this mayoral and city council election. Now is the time to rekindle citizen trust by voting to terminate the Tethys water agreement in writing.

The city [...]

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Salmon Estuary would be next to largest bottling plant operation in North America

Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin By Sandra Spargo

Turners Bay Salmon Pocket Estuary

In 2009, a $671,000 grant was spent to restore the Turners Bay Salmon Pocket Estuary.

Chinook salmon now have access to a nearly 60-acre tidal channel estuary and marsh complex.

The estuary is located at the northeast end of Similk Bay, in the Whidbey Basin of Puget Sound, one of 12 pocket estuaries that had been identified as a high priority restoration site in [...]

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Defending Water in the Skagit Basin March Newsletter

Defending Water in the Skagit Basin March 2013 Newsletter- click to view PDF

Defending Water in the Skagit Basin, an arm of Defending Water in Washington presents this March 2013 newsletter featuring a Tethys Enterprises Beverage Bottling Plant Site Update. We hope this information provides insight to the impact that the plant will have on Fidalgo Island and surrounding Skagit County Communities. [...]

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Skagit County Suggests Swinomish Indian Tribal Community Dismisses Its [Water]Lawsuit

Sandra Spargo, Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin, Dec. 15, 2012 Please find below an article in the Skagit Valley Herald that is entitled, County suggests Swinomish dismiss its lawsuit. The Swinomish lawsuit (supported by the City of Anacortes without citizen input), if successful, could lead to all rural and agricultural landowners in the Skagit River Basin losing access to well water if they had drilled their well in 2001 or after, Ecology officials have said.

Moreover, if the [...]

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Anacortes/A town in-between

Sandra Spargo, Defending Water in the Skagit River Basin, Anacortes, Wash.

Dec. 12, 2012

Will Anacortes’ push for manufacturing jobs on Fidalgo Island take us back to the future, when mills of many kind lined the Anacortes waterfront in the 1900s? A town in-between by local author William Dietrich was published in the Seattle Times’ Pacific Northwest Magazine on Feb. 20, 2005. The article’s excerpts include the following: With its industrial legacy and recreational future, Anacortes remains confused about where [...]

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