90.92.020  <<  90.92.030 >>   90.92.040

Establishing a water management board. (Expires June 30, 2021.)

(1) Initiating entities may collectively petition the department in order to establish a water management board.
(2) The department, in consultation with the initiating entities, may create a board if:
(a) The initiating entities demonstrate to the department that the following criteria are satisfied:
(i) Community support for the development of a local watershed management plan, including the affected federally recognized tribes, local governments, and general community support;
(ii) There is commitment on the part of the initiating entities and the affected community to enhance streamflows for fish; and
(iii) An adequate monitoring network is in place, as determined by the department;
(b) The department determines the following:
(i) An instream flow rule for the WRIA or WRIAs in the planning area has been adopted since 1998;
(ii) The planning area is located within one of the sixteen fish-critical basins designated by the department in its March 2003 "Washington Water Acquisition Program" report and demonstrates a significant history of severely impaired flows; and
(iii) The watershed planning unit has completed a watershed implementation plan adopted under chapter 90.82 RCW and salmon recovery implementation plan adopted under chapter 77.85 RCW.
(3) The department, in determining whether to create a board, must give strong consideration to basins that have completed a judicial proceeding to adjudicate water rights under chapter 90.03 RCW.


Expiration date2019 c 78; 2009 c 183: See note following RCW 90.92.010.
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