Introduced by Sen. Jerome Delvin (R) on January 28, 2003
To give local citizens and governments authority to determine the allocation and management of water in a water resource inventory area (WIRA). The bill declares and reaffirms that a core principle embodied in chapter 90.82 RCW is that state agencies must work cooperatively with local citizens in a process of planning for future uses of water by giving local citizens and the governments closest to them the utmost opportunity in determining the future allocation and management of water in the WRIA. The bill also finds that this process of local planning must have all the tools necessary to accomplish this task and that it is essential for the legislature to provide a clear statutory process for implementation so that the locally developed plan will be the adopted and implemented to the greatest extent possible. See also Companion HB 5027. Official Text and Analysis.
Referred to the House Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee on January 29, 2003
But the bill did not receive a hearing by the cutoff date so it is considered a “dead bill” (although technically the bill could become active at any time during the 2003-2004 session).