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Ecology, planning groups, and technical consultants have been working on watershed plan development in 15 water resource inventory areas (WRIAs) since January 2018. Planning is anticipated to take approximately three years.
Since a local plan was not adopted, we started rulemaking on Feb. 5, 2019. On May 27, 2020, we adopted an amendment to Chapter 173-501 WAC - Instream Resources Protection Program - Nooksack Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 1.
We adopted a watershed plan addendum on Feb. 1, 2019
According to the law, new permit-exempt wells for domestic use in this watershed are:
Nooksack (WRIA 1)
Snohomish (WRIA 7)
Cedar/Sammamish (WRIA 8) and Duwamish/Green (WRIA 9)
Puyallup/White (WRIA 10) and Chambers/Clover (WRIA 12)
Nisqually (WRIA 11)
Deschutes (WRIA 13) and Kennedy/Goldsborough (WRIA 14)
Kitsap (WRIA 15)
Stacy Vynne McKinstry
Lower Chehalis (WRIA 22) and Upper Chehalis (WRIA 23)
Okanogan (WRIA 49)
Little Spokane (WRIA 55) and Colville (WRIA 59)