90.54.045  <<  90.54.050 >>   90.54.060

Setting aside or withdrawing watersRulesConsultation with legislative committeesPublic hearing, noticeReview.

In conjunction with the programs provided for in RCW 90.54.040(1), whenever it appears necessary to the director in carrying out the policy of this chapter, the department may by rule adopted pursuant to chapter 34.05 RCW:
(1) Reserve and set aside waters for beneficial utilization in the future, and
(2) When sufficient information and data are lacking to allow for the making of sound decisions, withdraw various waters of the state from additional appropriations until such data and information are available. Before proposing the adoption of rules to withdraw waters of the state from additional appropriation, the department shall consult with the standing committees of the house of representatives and the senate having jurisdiction over water resource management issues.
Prior to the adoption of a rule under this section, the department shall conduct a public hearing in each county in which waters relating to the rule are located. The public hearing shall be preceded by a notice placed in a newspaper of general circulation published within each of said counties. Rules adopted hereunder shall be subject to review in accordance with the provisions of RCW 34.05.240.

NOTES:

Reviser's note: This section was amended by 1997 c 32 § 3 and by 1997 c 439 § 2, each without reference to the other. Both amendments are incorporated in the publication of this section under RCW 1.12.025(2). For rule of construction, see RCW 1.12.025(1).
WAC 173-563-015Validity1997 c 439: "WAC 173-563-015 as it existed prior to July 27, 1997, is void." [ 1997 c 439 § 1.]
ApplicationSeverability1988 c 47: See notes following RCW 43.83B.300.
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