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Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Committee WRIA 8 Cedar/Sammamish

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Last revised: December 3, 2019

Cedar River basin from Rattlesnake ledge

The Streamflow Restoration Act (RCW 90.94) is a new law affecting water resource management in Washington State. The law, passed in 2018, helps protect water resources while providing water for families in rural Washington. 

The law directs local planning groups in 15 watersheds to develop or update plans that offset potential impacts to instream flows associated with new permit-exempt domestic water use.

Ecology is leading the WRIA 8 Cedar/Sammamish Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Committee. Get more information:

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How the law affects this watershedView of Cedar River from the river bank.

As of Jan. 19. 2018, new permit-exempt wells for domestic use in this watershed are:

  • allowed 950 gallons per day as the maximum annual average (350 gallons per day during drought).
  • subject to a $500 fee.

Please contact your county for more information on these standards as they may change in the final watershed plan or any potential rulemaking.

This watershed:

  • has an instream flow rule that does not regulate permit-exempt wells.
  • is directed by Section 203 of the new law to adopt a watershed restoration and enhancement plan by June 30, 2021.


This committee has until June 2021 to complete plans that estimate the 20 year consumptive use from new permit-exempt wells and identify projects to offset that consumptive use. The plans will need to meet net ecological benefit.

The standing meeting date for this committee is the 4th Thursday of the month in the morning. The committee will meet every other month starting in January 2020.


December 10 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Washington State Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98008.

October 24 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Washington State Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98008.

September 26 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Washington State Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98008.

August 22 9:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Brightwater Center, 22505 State Route 9 SE, Woodinville, WA

The Committee will meet from 9:30-11:00 a.m. followed by a presentation on reclaimed water and tour of the Brightwater Wastewater Treatment Facility from 11:00-1:00 p.m.

July No WREC meeting

June 27 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Washington State Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave SE, Bellevue, WA 98008.

May 28 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. King County Treatment Plan, Black River ROom, 1200 Monster Road S.W. Renton, WA 98507. This is a joint meeting with the Duwamish-Green (WRIA 9) Committee. (Note: We are meeting on a Tuesday and not the normal fourth Thursday of the month)

 April 25 9:30 am to 12:30 p.m.

March 28 

February 28 

January 24


December 11th

October 24

Streamflow restoration implementation grants

We have launched a grant program for Streamflow Restoration implementation projects. The first round of grants will focus on projects that improve streamflows and instream resources:

Committee specific resource materials

General information


Stephanie Potts
Streamflow Restoration
425 649-7138

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