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Draft - 2021 Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas: Guidance Document

DRAFT FOR PUBLIC COMMENT Comment on this draft
Publication number Date Published Date Revised
05-10-028March 2005March 2021
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2005 Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas Guidance Document
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Author(s) Laurie Morgan
Description The Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) has revised the Critical Aquifer Recharge Area Guidance.

We are inviting public review and comment from March 10 to May 7, 2021.

This guidance helps local governments and residents understand what is required to protect groundwater resources under the Growth Management Act. Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas are considered Critical Areas because it protects groundwater that supplies local drinking water. Our guidance helps local governments plan and follow the state water quality standards.

The 2005 guidance needed revision to reflect current laws, rules, and practices. Areas that needed revision included:
• Reflecting GMA laws and rules about Critical Areas amended since 2005
• Reflecting outcomes of many cases that have been decided by the Growth Management Hearings Board and Superior Court since 2005
• Updating resource links and references to websites and publications
• Maintaining consistency with the Washington Department of Commerce Critical Areas Handbook, accessible from their Critical Areas webpage.
NOTES Updated and revised March 2021 - Draft for review and comment
The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment. To help us meet that goal, please consider the environment before you print or request a copy.

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Keywords guidance, water quality, quality, management, pollution prevention, groundwater, Growth Management, ground water, aquifer, groundwater protection
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