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State, county to meet with east-county property owners on new water rule

January 17th, 2013 - 5:45am

(Sequim) -- You can learn more about how the new water rule for the Dungeness Valley works today.

The Department of Ecology and Clallam County host a workshop for property owners in the east end of Clallam County who may be affected by the rule.

The session starts at four this afternoon and runs until seven at the John Wayne Marina meeting room.

At the first of the year, the state implemented sweeping changes to the way rights are handed out in the region.

There are no longer any exempt wells and new property requiring a well will also require purchase of credits from a water bank. The state is funding 100 of those credits that county officials say should cover the first half of this year.

But property owners seeking to do outdoor watering will be required to purchase additional credits and will have meters put on their wells.

DOE officials say the water rule will help ensure there is adequate water for salmon in the Dungeness basin.

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