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WAC 173-518-090

Future maximum allocation from the Dungeness River mainstem.

(1)(a) Ecology determines that there are certain times of the year when there are stream flows in the Dungeness River mainstem above the instream flows, which provide critical ecological functions such as channel and riparian zone maintenance, sediment flushing, and fish migration. To protect the frequency and duration of these higher flows, this chapter limits the total amount of water available for withdrawal from the Dungeness River mainstem by setting maximum allocations from November 16 - July 14.
(b) Maximum allocations are established in Table VI for use in reviewing applications for interruptible water rights during times when stream flows exceed the instream flows for the Dungeness River mainstem from November 16 - July 14. Cumulative allocations must not exceed the numbers listed in Table VI, and must not impair instream flows.
Table VI
Maximum Allocations on the Dungeness River Mainstem
(cubic feet per second)
January
25
February
25
March
25
April
25
May
35
June
35
July 1 - 14
35
July 15 - 31
0
August
0
September
0
October
0
November 1 - 15
0
November 16 - 30
25
December
25
(2) Ecology may issue a permit under RCW 90.03.290, 90.44.050, or 90.03.370 within the maximum allocation limit after consultation with the Washington department of fish and wildlife and the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe.
The water rights from the maximum allocation are subject to the instream flows set in WAC 173-518-040, and other provisions in statute, administrative rules, and case law.
(3) Ecology will track the amount of water appropriated from the Dungeness River from the maximum allocation. When the maximum allocation is fifty percent, seventy-five percent, and fully appropriated, ecology shall notify Clallam County in writing. Once fully and permanently appropriated, no more maximum allocation water may be appropriated.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 90.54, 90.22, 90.82, 90.03, 90.42, and 90.44 RCW. WSR 12-23-054 (Order 07-17), ยง 173-518-090, filed 11/16/12, effective 1/2/13.]
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