Streamflow restoration

Washington has a new law that helps protect rivers and streams while providing water for homes in rural Washington. 

The law, primarily codified in Streamflow Restoration (Chapter 90.94 RCW), was passed and signed in January 2018. We immediately began implementation and are committed to success.

This page provides information on key requirements of the statute and related milestones. 

The law was in response to the Hirst decision, a 2016 Washington State Supreme Court decision, and clarifies how counties issue building permits for rural homes that use a well (a permit-exempt well) for a water source.