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Washington Attorney General: Dept. of Ecology May Limit GW Withdrawals

Posted by aquadoc 1792 days ago in Planning and Management from http://seattletimes.nwsource.com

An opinion by the state attorney general's office says the Department of Ecology has authority to halt new groundwater appropriations, upholding a temporary moratorium on new wells in upper Kittitas County. At issue are the unpermitted wells that developers and property owners have been using to tap into groundwater to build new homes. State officials banned construction of the so-called exempt wells in July for 120 days, concerned that the newcomers could be impairing senior water rights and streamflows.

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