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MBAKS Participating in Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Committees

Posted on Mar 1, 2019 in:
  • Environment
  • Industry Issues
  • Advocacy

Your association is participating on two Department of Ecology Watershed and Enhancement Committees (WRIA) as directed by the Streamflow Restoration Act (RCW 90.94). The new law, passed in 2018 and which affects water resource management in our state, aims to protect water resources while providing water for families in rural Washington.

The law directs local planning groups in 15 watersheds to develop or update plans that offset potential impacts to instream flows associated with new permit-exempt domestic water use. Your association is taking part in the WRIA 8 Cedar/Sammamish and WRIA 9 Duwamish/Green River Committees.

As of January 19, 2018, new permit-exempt wells for domestic use in these watersheds are allowed 950 gallons per day as the maximum annual average (350 gallons per day during drought) and are subject to a $500 fee. As directed by Section 203 of the new law, each WRIA Committee is to adopt a watershed restoration and enhancement plan by June 30, 2021, that estimate the 20-year consumptive use from new permit-exempt wells and identify projects to offset that consumptive use. The plans will need to meet net ecological benefit.

For more information, contact King County Manager Gina Clark, 425.460.8203.


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Photo courtesy Blue Sound Construction, builder; MaKe Design, architect; and Alex Hayden, photographer