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New non-profit seeks changes to water rule

February 21st, 2013 - 6:19am

(Sequim) -- Nearly three thousand post cards go out this week asking residents in Clallam County to help change a new water rule for the Dungeness Valley.

The cards come from the Olympic Resource Protection Council. The North Peninsula Building Association is providing the funding.

The ORPC, which recently formed as a non-profit, wants to see changes to the sweeping, new rule that governs water use. The Department of Ecology is now requiring new well user to purchase "water credits" and only use water for indoor, domestic use. Those who want more water, need additional credits. Water use could be subject to monitoring by the state.

ORPC officials tell the Sequim Gazette they aren't seeking to overturn the rule, but change it so there is more local control in administering the rule.

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