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2015 Senate Bill 5407: Concerning existing lots and the Skagit instream flow rule
Introduced by Sen. Kirk Pearson (King) (R) on January 21, 2015 For Bill Information, please click HERE.   Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the Senate Agriculture, Water & Rural Economic Development Committee on January 21, 2015
Substitute offered in the Senate on February 12, 2015 Clarifies that levels and flows may limit groundwater withdrawals from permit-exempt wells only if Ecology demonstrates that the particular groundwater withdrawal from the specific permitexempt well at issue, by itself and not when considered as part of the aggregate of groundwater withdrawals, will in fact cause impairment to levels and flows. Changes the title from “An ACT Relating to existing lots and the Skagit instream flow rule” to “An ACT Relating to the effects of instream flow rules on water use”.
Referred to the Senate Rules Committee on February 13, 2015
Amendment offered by Sen. Judy Warnick (Grant) (R) on March 11, 2015 Provides that within one year of the effective date of section 3 of theact, the department of ecology must review the Skagit river instreamflow rule, and if necessary, amend it, to set aside sufficient waterfor year-round residential use.
The amendment passed by voice vote in the Senate on March 11, 2015
Passed 26 to 23 in the Senate on March 11, 2015.
    See Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No".
Requires the department of ecology to review the Skagit river basin instream resources protection program rule to determine whether the rule has set aside sufficient water reservations to satisfy year-round human domestic needs in designated water resource inventory areas 3 and 4.
Received in the House on March 13, 2015
Referred to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee on March 13, 2015

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