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Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Committee WRIA 8 Cedar/Sammamish

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Last revised: July 22, 2021

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. 

Read more about the Streamflow Restoration law

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.

 

 View of Cedar River from the river bank.

How the law affects this watershed

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.


The Department of Ecology offers free language services. We can provide information written in your preferred language and interpreters over the phone. For more information, please contact Stephanie Potts at 425 649-7138.

WRE Planning Update

Despite hard work and commitment, the WRIA 8 Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Committee did not locally approve their watershed plan and submit to Ecology for review before the June 30, 2021 adoption deadline. See the February 2021 meeting summary for more information. The streamflow restoration law required the Committee’s watershed plan to be locally approved and adopted by Ecology by June 30, 2021 or an alternative pathway for plan adoption is initiated.

Starting in July 2021, the Department of Ecology will prepare and adopt a plan as directed by RCW 90.94.030(3)(h). There is not a role for the WRIA 8 Committee in this process so the Committee does not have additional meetings scheduled. For more details on plan finalization, please see our streamflow restoration planning update.

Committee's Draft WRE Plan

The chair distributed the draft watershed restoration and enhancement plan for review by entities on the Committee in November 2020. The draft plan, appendices, and supporting resources are linked here:

Meetings

This committee had 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 committee does not have additional meetings scheduled.

2021

February 25 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. - WebEx only

2020

November 18 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m. - WebEx only

October 29 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - WebEx only

September 24 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - WebEx only

August 27 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - WebEx only

July 23 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - WebEx only

June 25 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - WebEx only

May 28 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

March 26 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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

January 28 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tukwila Community Center, 12424 42nd Ave S, Tukwila, WA 98168.
This is a joint meeting with the Duwamish-Green (WRIA 9) Committee. 

2019

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

2018

December 11th

October 24

Streamflow restoration implementation grants

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

Committee specific resource materials

General information

Contact:

Stephanie Potts
Streamflow Restoration
stephanie.potts@ecy.wa.gov
425 649-7138

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