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New Dungeness water rules in effect

January 2nd, 2013 - 2:16pm

(Sequim) -- The new state-mandated water rules for the Dungeness Watershed took effect today.

However many of the pieces that make up the complicated law have not been completely formulated or implemented, including the process for purchasing water credits required for mitigation under the new rule.

Land owners who wish to develop their parcels of land can begin the process now, by having their development permits filed.

Ecology Department Water Resources Communications Manager Dan Partridge says as long as the process is in motion for any individual, the property owner can continue with plans for development.

Property owners who newly tap into an existing well or dig new wells must buy water mitigation credits from a "water bank", managed by the non-profit Washington Water Trust, which is under contract through June 30th.

Clallam County Commissioner Jim McEntire says sometime between now and June 30th, we have to figure out if that will change.

A number of questions remain unresolved and the Ecology officials hope more will be known in the next couple of weeks.

Ecology has announced a one-hour open house, followed by a 2-hour workshop on mitigation water credits and the building permit process will be held Thursday, January 17th from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Sequim Transit Center, 190 West Cedar Street.


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