Letter to the editor: Generations of residents have benefited from Bi-Zi Farms

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The Washington State Department of Ecology has unfairly and unjustly denied Bi-Zi Farms the right to the well water it has used for over 100 years. As building codes and land-use rules are updated to meet current needs, it is routine to “grandfather” existing usage. This should be done for Bi-Zi Farms.

DOE considers community development, commercial and industrial growth as their priorities in determining “highest and best use” of water resources. DOE says it’s better to let new houses, apartments and industries use this water than to have this water used to grow food. Our rural areas are being gobbled up quickly by developers. Why does the state of Washington and the DOE prioritize this loss?

Bi-Zi Farms provides fresh fruits and vegetables, grown locally, at reasonable prices. It provides educational experiences for children who visit the farm with their class and their parents to learn about agriculture and farming. It provides a rural oasis in a county that is rapidly becoming a suburban jungle. Generations of Clark County residents have benefited from Bi-Zi Farms. I urge you to contact your state officials and entreat them to do whatever they can to preserve Bi-Zi Farms.

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