Jean Melious, former chair of the Whatcom County Planning Commission and an environmental studies professor at Western Washington University, will discuss the relationship between growth and water in Whatcom County as part of WWU’s Huxley College of the Environment Speaker Series at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, in Communications Facility 105 on the university’s campus.
The presentation is free and open to the public, and will include a question-and-answer period.
In her talk, “Water and Growth in Whatcom County,” Melious will discuss the current water situation, the impact of population growth and some tools to help make sure that people continue to share the green and pleasant land with the other species that call it home, according to a WWU announcement.
Melious has a master’s degree in urban design and rural planning from the University of Edinburgh and a law degree from Harvard Law School. She is also an attorney and partner with Nossaman LLP, where her practice focuses on land use and environmental law.
Recently, she has offered pro bono representation to several local residents challenging county government decisions before the state Growth Management Hearings Board on issues of local water quality and access.
The Speaker Series is intended to bring together environmentally-minded members of the WWU and Bellingham communities. Speakers address topics of contemporary environmental concern in the region and the world.