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You're Invited: GIPAC Annual Meeting & USGS Aquifer Recharge Study

You’re Invited


·         What: GIPAC Annual Meeting & USGS Aquifer Recharge Study

·         When: Sunday, November 7, 2-4 PM

·         Where: Guemes Island Community Hall

·         Masks required and dress warmly


The Guemes Island Planning Advisory Committee (GIPAC) will hold its Annual Meeting at the Guemes Island Community Hall on Sunday, November 7, from 2-4 PM.  All residents and property owners are invited to attend, but if you cannot or prefer not to attend for any reason, this meeting will also be virtual and recorded for home viewing at your convenience.  Because of the COVID pandemic, masks and social distancing will be required in the Hall in the interests of public health.  In addition, windows at the Hall will be open and fans used to keep fresh air circulating so dressing warmly is strongly encouraged. 

The keynote speakers at the meeting will be the US Geologic Survey (USGS) officials who will conduct and oversee the USGS study of the island’s groundwater recharge areas.  Leland Fuhrig will be responsible for successful completion of the project and coordinating the field work on the island. Wendy Welch is the Chief Supervisory Hydrologist at the USGS’ Washington Water Science Center in Tacoma.  Her job is to support Leland and his team and make sure project goals are met.  Wendy and Leland will participate in our meeting remotely.

GIPAC has worked with the USGS over the past several years to make this study a reality, and we are very pleased the funding for it was finalized in the past few weeks.  This meeting will be the first opportunity for islanders to learn about the goals of the study—the condition of our aquifers and groundwater—and the logistics of how the study will be conducted on the island.  You are invited to bring—and ask—your questions at our meeting.

Before we discuss the groundwater study, we will spend a few minutes reviewing GIPAC’s work in 2021 and what we will be doing next year.  We will also have an election; we have a nominee to fill a vacant position on the board, and two incumbents whose terms are ending are running for re-election.

We hope to see you at the meeting.