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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: July 22, 2021

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.

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 Angela Johnson at 360 407-6668

WRE Planning Update

Despite hard work and commitment, the WRIA 13 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 April 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 13 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.

Final Draft WRE Plan for Local Review

The chair distributed the draft watershed restoration and enhancement plan for review by entities on the Committee. 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

April 20, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm  Webex and Agenda Coming Soon. Anticipated Decision on Final Draft.

January 27, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., Special Additional January Meeting

January 20, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,  WebEx link is available in the agenda.

2020

December 16, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,  WebEx link is available in the agenda.

November 19, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,  WebEx link is available in the agenda.

October 28, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,  Because of the current guidance to not hold in-person meetings, this meeting will be WebEx only. WebEx link is available in the agenda.

September 23, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,  Because of the current guidance to not hold in-person meetings, this meeting will be WebEx only. WebEx link is available in the agenda.

August 26, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,  Because of the current guidance to not hold in-person meetings, this meeting will be WebEx only. WebEx link is available in the agenda.

July 22, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,  Because of the current guidance to not hold in-person meetings, this meeting will be WebEx only. WebEx link is available in the agenda.

June 24, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,  Because of the current guidance to not hold in-person meetings, this meeting will be WebEx only. WebEx link is available in the agenda.

May 27, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.,  Because of the current guidance to not hold in-person meetings, this meeting will be WebEx only. WebEx link is available in the agenda. We appreciate your flexibility and look forward to talking with you.

April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., This meeting was rescheduled from its original date of 4/22/20. Because of the current guidance to not hold in-person meetings, this meeting will be WebEx only. WebEx link is available in the agenda. We appreciate your flexibility and look forward to talking with you.

March 25, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., WebEx Only

February 26, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Tumwater Fire Department Training Room, 311 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

January 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Tumwater Fire Department Training Room, 311 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

2019

December 18, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at Tumwater Fire Department Training Room, 311 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

November 21, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the Tumwater City Hall – Council Chambers, 555 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501
*note this is a different meeting room than the Tumwater Fire Department and is in the adjacent City Hall building.

October 23, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Tumwater City Hall – Council Chambers, 555 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501
*note this is a different meeting room than the Tumwater Fire Department and is in the adjacent City Hall building.

September 25, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the LOTT Clean Water Alliance Board Room – 500 Adams St NE, Olympia WA 98501 (note new meeting location)

August 28, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Lacey City Hall, Community Room, 420 College Ave SE, Lacey WA 98503

August 6, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. WORKGROUP MEETING (contact Angela Johnson for more information)

June 26,  9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Tumwater Fire Department Training Room, 311 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

 

May 22, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Tumwater Fire Department Training Room, 311 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

May 21, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., WORKGROUP MEETING (contact Angela Johnson for more information)

April 24, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Tumwater Fire Department Training Room, 311 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

  • Agenda
  • Meeting summary
  • Meeting materials:
    • Technical Workgroup draft meeting summary
    • Thurston PUD presentation

April 22, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., WORKGROUP MEETING (contact Angela Johnson for more information)

March 27, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Tumwater Fire Department Training Room, 311 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

March 22, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., WORKGROUP MEETING (contact Angela Johnson for more information)

February 27, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Tumwater Fire Department Training Room, 311 Israel Rd. SW, Tumwater, WA 98501

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

2018

December 12, 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., 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. These grants will focus on projects that improve streamflows and instream resources.

Resource materials:

Contact:

Angela Johnson
Streamflow Restoration
angela.johnson@ecy.wa.gov
360 407-6668

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