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McEntire believes no local impact from Supreme water decision

October 8th, 2013 - 4:15am

(Port Angeles) Clallam County Commissioner Jim McEntire believes a recent decision by the State Supreme Court regarding state Department of Ecology water rules will not have a local effect on the Sequim-Dungeness Valley.

McEntire's district is east Clallam County, including Water Resource Inventory Area 18.

Last week, the State Supreme Court ruled that the Department of Ecology had over-stepped its authority in setting some water rules regarding the Skagit River.

McEntire says he's still reading a lengthy summary of the decision, but his initial impression is that it won't have an effect on eastern Clallam County with the water rule that was became effective on January 2nd.

He said it was good to see that the Supreme Court took a close look at what the Department of Ecology does for water rules.

As far as new regulations governing other water districts in the County's west end, McEntire doubts that will happen as well.

McEntire figures that such West end rivers as the Hoh and Bogachiel can supply all the water that local residents can use.

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