The Transition Town Movement likes to talk about sustainability. What are we trying to sustain? First and foremost: food and water. Even without a passenger ferry islanders will need food and water. Both are precious resources.
“In 1997, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in cooperation with the San Juan County Conservation District, studied the possibilities of seawater intrusion on the Island and found that 46 percent of 185 freshwater samples had chloride concentrations indicating seawater intrusion.” The geology of San Juan Island isn’t that different from Lummi. Seawater intrusion of our wells is more than a probability.