Washington state has a new streamflow restoration law in response to the “Hirst decision.” Hirst was a 2016 Washington State Supreme Court decision that changed how counties approve or deny building permits that use permit-exempt wells for a water source. Engrossed Substitute Senate Bill 6091
, was passed on Jan. 18, 2018, and signed by Gov. Inslee the next day.
The law, RCW 90.94 Streamflow Restoration
, helps protect water resources while providing water for families in rural Washington. We are getting started on implementation and look forward to working with communities to help find water supply solutions for homes and to protect streamflows for fish.
Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom
Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum
Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman
Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima