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Comment Period

Informal comment period

Chapter 173-501 WAC - WRIA 1 rule amendment

April 8, 2019 - May 10, 2019

We appreciate your feedback that will help us prepare a rule amendment proposal rule in November 2019. Background:
This rulemaking would amend Chapter 173-501 WAC, Instream Resources Protection Program - Nooksack Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 1.

The rule amendment will update and add to water management regulations in WRIA 1 to meet the requirements in RCW 90.94.020. We will consider amending the rule to:
  • Add flexibility for projects that retime high flows for instream resource benefits.
  • Establish domestic permit-exempt groundwater withdrawal limits for new users.
  • Make minor technical corrections. Visit our Chapter 173-501 WAC rulemaking page for more information and documents for review.

    We write rules to implement and enforce state and federal environmental laws and rules.  Ecology follows a 3-phase process for rulemaking:
  1. Announcement and development
  2. Proposal
  3. Adoption
For each phase of the process, we update the rulemaking web page and notify interested parties. We also file notice in the Washington State Register. To learn more about Ecology’s rulemaking process, read the Frequently Asked Questions.
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Annie Sawabini
PO BOX 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
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