Chapter 90.54 RCW

WATER RESOURCES ACT OF 1971

Sections
FindingsObjectives2002 c 329.
Purpose.
General declaration of fundamentals for utilization and management of waters of the state.
Water and related resourcesDepartment to be advisedWater resources data program.
State funding of water resource programsPriorities.
Comprehensive state water resources programModifying existing and adopting new regulations and statutes.
Water resource planningPilot processReport to the legislature.
Setting aside or withdrawing watersRulesConsultation with legislative committeesPublic hearing, noticeReview.
Department to seek involvement of other persons and entities, meansAssistance grants.
State to vigorously represent its interests before federal agencies, interstate agencies.
State, local governments, municipal corporations to comply with chapter.
Department to evaluate needs for projects and alternative methods of financing.
Authority to secure and obtain benefits, including grants.
"Department," "utilize," and "utilization" defined.
Land use management policy modificationsAdvisory recommendations.
Protection of groundwater aquifers if sole drinking water source.
Water supply projectsCooperation with other agenciesScope of participation.
Department to report on dam safety.
Electric generation facilityEvaluation of application to appropriate water.
Water use efficiency and conservation programs and practices.
Streamflow restoration a priority.
Department shall act on water rights applications that rely on reservations of water established in WAC 173-518-080 or 173-545-090.
Policy guidelines.
Certain rights, authority, not to be affected by chapter.
Short title.
Rights not impaired.
NOTES:
Environmental certification programsFeesRulesLiability: RCW 43.21A.175.
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