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Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Committee WRIA 13 Deschutes

Ecology home | Water supply | Streamflow restoration | WRIA 13 Deschutes Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Committee

Last revised: Dec. 5, 2018

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.

We are leading the WRIA 13 Deschutes Watershed Restoration and Enhancement Committee. Get more information:

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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.


This committee has until June 30, 2021 to complete plans that estimate the 20 year consumptive use from permit-exempt wells and identifies projects to offset that consumptive use. The plans will need to meet net ecological benefit.

The standing meeting date will be the 4th Wednesday of every month, from around 9:00 am – 12:30 pm (location TBD). Future meeting dates will be:

  • January 23, 2019
  • February 27, 2019
  • March 27, 2019
  • April 24, 2019
  • May 22, 2019
  • June 26, 2019


February 23, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Tumwater Water Department Training Room, 311 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

January 23, 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Lacey City Hall, 420 College St. SE, Lacey, WA 98503


December 12, 12:30 pm to 4 pm at Thurston County PUD, 1230 Ruddell Rd. SE, Lacey, WA 98503

October 25

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.

Resource materials:


Angela Johnson
Streamflow Restoration
360 407-6668

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