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Finding Rural Domestic Water Solutions While Protecting Instream Resources

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
15-11-007February 2015August 2016
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Author(s) Water Resources Program
Description Since the adoption of the Water Resources Act of 1971, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) has attempted to develop water management frameworks that provide reliable future water supplies for community needs while protecting instream flows. The Supreme Court ruling in Swinomish v. Ecology in late 2013 determined that Ecology’s approach in balancing competing uses of water was not consistent with the law. Since then, Ecology has been assessing how it can best meet its competing water resource management mandates and comply with restrictions identified by the court.

Over the past year, Ecology led discussions with representatives from Tribal governments and stakeholders to develop and assess potential solutions to the agency’s current challenges. This document describes the ideas and summarizes the feedback the agency received. The statements expressing support or concern under Stakeholder feedback are not Ecology opinions. Ideas reviewed in this document apply only to water rights administered by the state.
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Keywords water management, Water Rights, instream flows