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Proposed state budget doesn't include money for Dungeness Valley water-certificates

April 24th, 2013 - 6:21am

(Port Angeles) -- Clallam County commissioner Jim McEntire says he's concerned promised state money for buying Dungeness-valley water use certificates is not in part of the state budget.

McEntire says the money would be used by the county to buy water certificates for residential well users now required by the state Department of Ecology.

An agreement last year between the state and county included two million dollars in state money for the purchases. But McEntire says the state House capital budget doesn't have the money.

McEntire is also concerned about what the county's role should be in administering the so-called water bank. That's the system of water-use exchange now in place for the Dungeness Valley.

McEntire says it's ultimately Ecology's decision, because they're the one that created the rule and the water exchange.

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