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Non-profit group preps for court battle over DOE water rule implementation

June 21st, 2013 - 8:24am

(Sequim) -- A new, non-profit says it may be ready to go to court to ensure more local control of water rights in the Dungeness Valley.

The Olympic Resource Protection Council continues efforts to negotiate with the state Department of Ecology over the new rules covering new or upgraded well water use in the east end of Clallam County.

ORPC spokesman Greg McCarry says his group isn't opposed to the new rule that took effect at the first of this year, but wants to see local control of more parts of it. In particular, the ORPC wants more the county to have jurisdiction over the system that exchanges water-use credits under the new rule.

As of now, the ORPC has hired an attorney and is prepared to litigate their cause if necessary. But McCarry says they are prepared for a positive negotiation process with the Ecology.

The WRIA 18 East Water Rule went into effect January 2nd and extends from the Bagley Creek basin about halfway between Port Angeles and Sequim to the entrance of Sequim Bay northwest of Blyn.

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