Lummis reassert senior water rights

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BELLINGHAM ­— The Lummi Nation reasserted its senior water rights in Whatcom County at a Thursday meeting intended to restart water resource planning talks that stopped in 2009.

Jeremy Freimund, water resources manager for the tribe, said that federally protected treaty rights mean all other uses of water must come after the Lummis get an adequate share of clean water to continue in their fishing tradition.

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