Last Update: 6/9/88

Chapter 173-501 WAC

INSTREAM RESOURCES PROTECTION PROGRAM—NOOKSACK WATER RESOURCE INVENTORY AREA (WRIA) 1

WAC Sections

General provision.
Purpose.
Establishment of instream flows.
Surface water source limitations to further consumptive appropriation.
Lakes.
Groundwater.
Exemptions.
Policy statement for future permitting actions.
Enforcement.
Appeals.
Regulation review.


173-501-010
General provision.

These rules apply to waters within the Nooksack water resource inventory area (WRIA 1), as defined in WAC 173-500-040. This chapter is promulgated pursuant to chapter 90.54 RCW (Water Resources Act of 1971), chapter 90.22 RCW (Minimum water flows and levels), and in accordance with chapter 173-500 WAC (Water resources management program).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a) and 90.54.040 (1) and (2). WSR 85-24-073 (Order 85-19), § 173-501-010, filed 12/4/85.]



173-501-020
Purpose.

Chapter 90.54 RCW (Water Resources Act of 1971) requires that utilization and management of waters of the state be guided by a number of fundamentals, including:
Uses of water for domestic, stock watering, industrial, commercial, agricultural, irrigation, hydroelectric power production, mining, fish and wildlife maintenance and enhancement, recreational, and thermal power production purposes, and preservation of environmental and aesthetic values, and all other uses compatible with the enjoyment of the public waters of the state, are declared to be beneficial. (RCW 90.54.020(1))
The quality of the natural environment shall be protected and, where possible, enhanced as follows:
Perennial rivers and streams of the state shall be retained with base flows necessary to provide for preservation of wildlife, fish, scenic, aesthetic and other environmental values, and navigational values. Lakes and ponds shall be retained substantially in their natural condition. Withdrawals of water which would conflict therewith shall be authorized only in those situations where it is clear that overriding considerations of the public interest will be served. (RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a))
Waters of the state shall be of high quality. Regardless of the quality of the waters of the state, all wastes and other materials and substances proposed for entry into said waters shall be provided with all known, available, and reasonable methods of treatment prior to entry. Notwithstanding that standards of quality established for the waters of the state would not be violated, wastes and other materials and substances shall not be allowed to enter such waters which will reduce the existing quality thereof, except in those situations where it is clear that overriding considerations of the public interest will be served. (RCW 90.54.020 (3)(b))
The purpose of this chapter is to retain perennial rivers, streams, and lakes in the Nooksack water resource inventory area with instream flows and levels necessary to provide for preservation of wildlife, fish, scenic, aesthetic, and other environmental values, and navigational values, as well as recreation and water quality.
In administering and enforcing this regulation, the department's actions shall be consistent with the provisions of chapter 90.54 RCW.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a) and 90.54.040 (1) and (2). WSR 85-24-073 (Order 85-19), § 173-501-020, filed 12/4/85.]



173-501-030
Establishment of instream flows.

(1) Stream management units and associated control stations are established as follows:
Stream Management Unit Information
Control
Station No.
Stream
Management
Unit Name
Control Station
by River Mile
and Section,
Township and
Range
Stream
Management Reach
Anderson Creek
Gage # WDOE-2109-00
1.4
Section 19
T. 39 N., R. 4 E.
From confluence with Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Bells Creek
Gage # WDOE-2073-00
0.5
Section 21
T. 39 N., R. 5 E.
From confluence with Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Bertrand Creek
Gage # WDOE-2124-00
1.0
Section 26
T. 40 N., R. 2 E.
From U.S./Canada border to confluence with Nooksack River, including all tributaries.
California Creek
Gage # WDOE-2134-00
3.0
Section 21
T. 40 N., R. 1 E.
From influence of mean annual high tide at low instream flow levels to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Canyon Creek
Gage # WDOE-2045-00
0.2
Section 35
T. 40 N., R. 6 E.
From confluence with N. Fk. Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Canyon Creek at Kulshan
Gage # 12-2085-00
0.2
Section 27
T. 39 N., R. 5 E.
From confluence with N. Fk. Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Cornell Creek
Gage # WDOE-2057-00
0.6
Section 1
T. 39 N., R. 6 E.
From the confluence with N. Fk. Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Dakota Creek near Blaine
Gage # 12-2140-00
3.5
Section 9
T. 40 N., R. 1 E.
From influence of mean annual high tide at low instream flow levels to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Deer Creek
Gage # WDOE-2130-50
0.2
Section 28
T. 39 N., R. 2 E.
From the confluence with Tenmile Creek to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Fishtrap Creek at Lynden
Gage # 12-2120-00
6.9
Section 16
T. 40 N., R. 3 E.
From U.S./Canada border to confluence with Nooksack River, including all tributaries.
Gallop Creek
Gage # WDOE-2056-00
0.3
Section 7
T. 39 N., R. 7 E.
From the confluence with N. Fk. Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Hutchinson Creek
Gage # WDOE-2101-00
1.8
Section 36
T. 38 N., R. 5 E.
From confluence with South Fork Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Johnson Creek
Gage # WDOE-2149-00
0.5
Section 35
T. 41 N., R. 4 E.
From U.S./Canada border to headwaters including all tributaries.
Kendall Creek
Gage # 12-2065-00
0.1
Section 3
T. 39 N., R. 5 E.
From the confluence with N. Fk. Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Maple Creek
Gage # WDOE-2059-00
0.8
Section 30
T. 40 N., R. 6 E.
From confluence with N. Fk. Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Nooksack River
(at Deming)
12-2105-00
36.6
Section 31
T. 39 N., R. 5 E.
From confluence with Smith Creek to confluence of North Fork and Middle Fork Nooksack Rivers.
Nooksack River
(at Ferndale)
12-2131-00
5.8
Section 29
T. 39 N., R. 2 E.
From influence of mean annual high tide at low instream flow levels to confluence with, and including, Smith Creek.
Nooksack River
(Middle Fork)
12-2080-00
5.0
Section 13
T. 38 N., R. 5 E.
From confluence with North Fork to headwaters.
Nooksack River
(North Fork)
12-2072-00
44.1
Section 10
T. 39 N., R. 5 E.
From confluence with Middle Fork to head-
waters.
Nooksack River
(South Fork)
12-2090-00
5.0
Section 19
T. 38 N., R. 5 E.
From confluence with Nooksack River (mainstem) to headwaters.
Porter Creek
Gage # WDOE-2084-00
0.7
Section 11
T. 38 N., R. 5 E.
From the confluence with M. Fk. Nooksack R. to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Racehorse Creek
Gage # WDOE-2071-00
1.5
Section 11
T. 39 N., R. 5 E.
From confluence with N. Fk. Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Saar Creek
Gage # 12-2155-00
0.2
Section 31
T. 41 N., R. 5 E.
From U.S./Canada border to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Silver Creek
Gage # WDOE-2132-00
2.0
Section 4
T. 38 N., R. 2 E.
From confluence with Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Skookum Creek near
Wickersham
Gage # 12-2095-00
0.1
Section 27
T. 37 N., R. 5 E.
From confluence with South Fork Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Smith Creek
Gage # WDOE-2111-00
0.8
Section 22
T. 39 N., R. 4 E.
From confluence with Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Sumas River near Sumas
Gage # 12-2145-00
2.1
Section 2
T. 41 N., R. 4 E.
From U.S./Canada border to headwaters including all tributaries.
Tenmile Creek at Laurel
Gage # 12-2129-00
4.4
Section 13
T. 39 N., R. 2 E.
From confluence with Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Terrell Creek
Gage # WDOE-2133-00
2.2
Section 31
T. 40 N., R. 1 E.
From influence of mean annual high tide at low instream flow levels to headwaters, including all tributaries.
Wiser Lake Creek
Gage # WDOE-2126-00
0.7
Section 2
T. 39 N., R. 2 E.
From confluence with Nooksack River to headwaters, including all tributaries.
(2) Instream flows are established for the stream management units in WAC 173-501-030(1) as follows:
Instream Flows in the Nooksack WRIA
(Instantaneous cubic feet per second)
Month
Day
WDOE-
2109-00
Anderson Cr.
WDOE-
2073-00
Bells Cr.
WDOE-
2124-00
Bertrand Cr.
WDOE-
2134-00
California Cr.
Jan.
1
15
50
50
 
4*
4*
90*
90*
40*
40*
Feb.
1
15
50
50
 
4*
3*
90*
90*
40*
40*
Mar.
1
15
50
50
 
2*
2*
90*
90*
40*
25*
Apr.
1
15
40
31
 
3*
4*
80*
60*
18*
13*
May
1
15
25
20
*
*
5*
6*
50*
40*
9*
6*
Jun.
1
15
16
13
*
*
6*
6*
33*
25*
4*
3*
Jul.
1
15
10
8
*
*
3*
2*
21*
17*
2*
2*
Aug.
1
15
6
6
*
*
1*
1*
13*
13*
2*
2*
Sep.
1
15
6
6
*
*
1*
1*
13*
13*
2*
2*
Oct.
1
15
8
11
*
*
1*
2*
13*
20*
2*
2*
Nov.
1
15
15
20
*
3*
4*
30*
40*
4*
7*
Dec.
1
15
30
50
 
4*
4*
60*
90*
15*
40*
*
Denotes closure period. No further consumptive rights issued for use during this time.
Month
Day
WDOE-
2045-00
Canyon Creek
WDOE-
2085-00
Canyon (Lk) Cr.
WDOE-
2057-00
Cornell Creek
Jan.
1
15
150
150
 
50
50
 
20
20
 
Feb.
1
15
150
150
 
50
50
 
20
20
 
Mar.
1
15
150
150
 
50
50
 
20
20
 
Apr.
1
15
150
150
 
50
50
 
20
20
 
May
1
15
150
150
 
50
50
 
20
20
 
Jun.
1
15
150
150
 
50
50
 
15
9
 
Jul.
1
15
150
80
*
*
50
30
*
*
25
3
*
*
Aug.
1
15
40
40
*
*
15
10
*
*
3
3
*
*
Sep.
1
15
40
40
*
*
10
10
*
*
3
3
*
*
Oct.
1
15
55
80
*
*
20
23
*
*
5
10
*
*
Nov.
1
15
90
110
*
27
32
*
20
20
*
Dec.
1
15
130
150
 
40
43
 
20
20
 
Month
Day
12-2140-00
Dakota Creek
WDOE-
2130-50
Deer Creek
12-2120-00
Fishtrap Cr.
Jan.
1
15
60*
60*
 
10*
10*
 
55*
55*
 
Feb.
1
15
60*
60*
 
10*
10*
 
55*
55*
 
Mar.
1
15
60*
40*
 
10*
10*
 
55*
55*
 
Apr.
1
15
30*
20*
 
8*
6*
 
45*
35*
 
May
1
15
15*
10*
 
5*
4*
 
30*
25*
 
Jun.
1
15
7*
5*
 
3*
2*
 
20*
15*
 
Jul.
1
15
4*
3*
 
2*
1*
 
12*
10*
 
Aug.
1
15
3*
3*
 
1*
1*
 
8*
8*
 
Sep.
1
15
3*
3*
 
1*
1*
 
8*
8*
 
Oct.
1
15
3*
4*
 
2*
2*
 
18*
20*
 
Nov.
1
15
5*
10*
 
3*
4*
 
30*
40*
 
Dec.
1
15
20*
60*
 
5*
7*
 
55*
55*
 
Month
Day
WDOE-
2056-00
Gallop
Creek
WDOE-
2101-00
Hutchinson
Creek
WDOE-
2149-00
Johnson
Creek
12-2065-00
Kendall
Cr.
Jan.
1
15
12
12
 
60
60
 
60*
60*
 
10*
10*
 
Feb.
1
15
12
12
 
60
60
 
60*
60*
 
10*
10*
 
Mar.
1
15
12
12
 
60
60
 
60*
60*
 
10*
10*
 
Apr.
1
15
`12
12
 
60
60
 
60*
45*
 
10*
10*
 
May
1
15
12
12
 
60
60
 
35*
25*
 
10*
10*
 
Jun.
1
15
12
12
 
60
60
 
20*
15*
 
10*
10*
 
Jul.
1
15
12
8
*
*
60
40
*
*
12*
9*
 
10*
6*
 
Aug.
1
15
6
5
*
*
25
15
*
*
9*
9*
 
4*
3*
 
Sep.
1
15
5
5
*
*
15
15
*
*
9*
9*
 
3*
3*
 
Oct.
1
15
5
5
*
*
25
30
*
*
9*
9*
 
5*
6*
 
Nov.
1
15
8
12
*
35
40
*
13*
20*
 
7*
8*
 
Dec.
1
15
12
12
 
50
60
 
30*
60*
 
9*
10*
 
Month
Day
WDOE-2059-00
Maple Creek
12-2105-00
Nooksack R.
(at Deming)
12-2131.00
Nooksack R.
(at Ferndale)
Jan.
1
15
20
20
 
2050
2050
2900
2900
Feb.
1
15
20
30
 
2150
2350
2900
2900
Mar.
1
15
30
30
 
2350
2350
2900
2900
Apr.
1
15
30
30
 
2350
2350
2900
2900
May
1
15
30
30
 
3325
3400
2900
3500
Jun.
1
15
30
30
 
3400
3400
3500
3500
Jul.
1
15
20
20
*
*
3400
2950
3500
3000
Aug.
1
15
20
10
*
*
1700
1700
2400
1900
Sep.
1
15
10
10
*
*
1700
1700
1800
1700
Oct.
1
15
20
20
*
*
1700
2050
1700
2050
Nov.
1
15
20
20
*
 
2050
2050
2300
2500
Dec.
1
15
20
20
 
2050
2050
2900
2900
Month
Day
12-2080-00
Nooksack
River
(Middle Fork)
12-2072-00
Nooksack River
(North Fork
nr. Deming)
12-2090-00
Nooksack
River
(South Fork)
Jan.
1
15
275
275
1100
1100
 
650
650
 
Feb.
1
15
380
380
1100
1100
 
650
850
 
Mar.
1
15
380
380
1100
1100
 
850
850
 
Apr.
1
15
380
380
1100
1100
 
850
850
 
May
1
15
380
450
1100
2000
 
850
850
 
Jun.
1
15
525
525
2000
2000
 
850
850
 
Jul.
1
15
525
400
2000
2000
 
850
550
*
*
Aug.
1
15
275
275
1100
1100
 
300
300
*
*
Sep.
1
15
275
275
1100
1100
*
*
300
300
*
*
Oct.
1
15
275
275
1100
1100
*
*
300
650
*
*
Nov.
1
15
275
275
1100
1100
*
 
650
650
 
Dec.
1
15
275
275
1100
1100
 
650
650
 
Month
Day
WDOE-
2084-00
Porter Creek
WDOE-
2071-00
Racehorse Cr.
WDOE-
2155-00
Saar Creek
Jan.
1
15
10
10
 
60
60
 
 
35*
35*
Feb.
1
15
10
10
 
60
60
 
 
35*
35*
Mar.
1
15
10
10
 
60
60
 
 
35*
35*
Apr.
1
15
10
10
 
60
80
 
 
35*
35*
May
1
15
10
10
 
80
90
 
 
35*
35*
Jun.
1
15
10
10
 
90
90
 
 
35*
35*
Jul.
1
15
10
6
*
*
50
35
*
*
 
22*
15*
Aug.
1
15
3
3
*
*
20
20
*
*
 
9*
6*
Sep.
1
15
3
3
*
*
20
20
*
*
 
6*
6*
Oct.
1
15
3
6
*
*
20
30
*
*
 
12*
14*
Nov.
1
15
10
10
*
35
40
*
 
17*
19*
Dec.
1
15
10
10
 
47
55
 
 
23*
35*
Month
Day
WDOE-
2132-00
Silver Creek
12-2095-00
Skookum Cr.
WDOE-
2111-00
Smith Creek
Jan.
1
15
12
12
 
115
115
 
40
40
 
Feb.
1
15
12
12
 
115
115
 
40
40
 
Mar.
1
15
12
12
 
115
115
 
40
40
 
Apr.
1
15
12
12
 
115
115
 
40
60
 
May
1
15
12
9
*
*
115
115
 
60
60
*
*
Jun.
1
15
7
6
*
*
115
115
 
60
40
*
*
Jul.
1
15
4
3
*
*
115
66
*
*
35
25
*
*
Aug.
1
15
3
3
*
*
66
66
*
*
15
10
*
*
Sep.
1
15
3
3
*
*
66
66
*
*
10
10
*
*
Oct.
1
15
4
4
*
*
66
80
*
*
15
20
*
*
Nov.
1
15
6
10
*
115
115
*
23
25
*
Dec.
1
15
12
12
 
115
115
 
30
35
 
Month
Day
12-2145-00
Sumas River
12-2129-00
Tenmile Cr.
WDOE-
2133-00
Terrell Cr.
WDOE-
2126-00
Wiser Lk. Cr.
Jan.
1
15
100*
100*
 
40*
40*
 
12
12
 
11
11
 
Feb.
1
15
100*
100*
 
40*
40*
 
12
12
 
11
11
 
Mar.
1
15
100*
100*
 
40*
40*
 
12
12
 
11
11
 
Apr.
1
15
100*
100*
 
40*
40*
 
12
12
 
9
7
 
May
1
15
70*
60*
 
30*
22*
 
8
5
*
*
6
5
*
*
Jun.
1
15
40*
35*
 
17*
12*
 
4
3
*
*
4
3
*
*
Jul.
1
15
25*
20*
 
10*
7*
 
2
2
*
*
2
2
*
*
Aug.
1
15
20*
20*
 
5*
5*
 
2
2
*
*
2
2
*
*
Sep.
1
15
20*
20*
 
5*
6*
 
2
2
*
*
2
2
*
*
Oct.
1
15
20*
20*
 
7*
10*
 
2
2
*
*
2
2
*
*
Nov.
1
15
35*
60*
 
15*
20*
 
3
5
*
3
6
*
Dec.
1
15
80*
100*
 
30*
40*
 
7
12
 
8
11
 
(3) Instream flow hydrographs, as represented in Appendix A of the document entitled Nooksack Instream Resources Protection Program, shall be used for identification of instream flows on those days not specifically identified in WAC 173-501-030(2).
(4) Future consumptive water right permits issued hereafter for diversion of surface water in the Nooksack WRIA and perennial tributaries shall be expressly subject to instream flows established in WAC 173-501-030 (1) through (3) as measured at the appropriate gage, preferably the nearest one downstream and at all other downstream control stations, except for those uses described in WAC 173-501-070 (1) through (3).
(5) Projects that would reduce the flow in a section of stream's length (e.g., hydroelectric projects that withdraw streamflow from some length of the channel) are considered consumptive with respect to the affected stream reach. Such projects will be subject to instream flow requirements as specified by the department. These flows will be those established in WAC 173-501-030 (1) through (3) and WAC 173-501-040, or may be flows specifically tailored to that particular project and stream reach. When studies are required to determine such reach and project-specific flow requirements, the department will require the project proponent to conduct such studies in consultation with affected state and federal agencies and Indian tribes.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a) and 90.54.040 (1) and (2). WSR 85-24-073 (Order 85-19), § 173-501-030, filed 12/4/85.]



173-501-040
Surface water source limitations to further consumptive appropriation.

(1) The following table indicates the status of streams, tributaries and lakes affected by this chapter.
Source
Name
Tributary
To
Former
Administrative
Status
Status
Under
Regulation
Period of
Closure
Flow
Established
Anderson Creek
Nooksack River
low flow
partial year closure
May 1-Oct. 31
Bells Creek
North Fork Nooksack
open
closure
year round
Bertrand Creek
Nooksack River
closure
closure
year round
Black Slough
Nooksack - South Fork
low flow
low flow
 
 
California Creek
Drayton Harbor
closure
closure
year round
Canyon Creek
North Fork Nooksack
open
partial year closure
July 1-Oct. 31
Canyon (Lake) Creek
Middle Fork Nooksack
open
partial year closure
July 1-Oct. 31
Chuckanut Creek
Chuckanut Bay
low flow
closure
year round
natural flow
Colony Creek (incl. Whitehall)
Samish Bay
open
closure
year round
natural flow
Cornell Creek
North Fork Nooksack
open
partial year closure
July 1-Oct. 31
Dakota Creek
Drayton Harbor
closure
closure
year round
Deer Creek
Barrett Lake (Tenmile)
closure
closure
year round
Fishtrap Creek (incl. Double
Ditch)
 
Nooksack River
 
closure
 
closure
 
year round
 
Fourmile Creek
Tenmile Creek
closure
closure
year round
 
Gallop Creek
North Fork Nooksack
open
partial year closure
July 1-Oct. 31
Hutchinson Creek
South Fork Nooksack
open
partial year closure
July 1-Oct. 31
Johnson Creek
Sumas River
closure
closure
year round
Kamm Ditch/Stickney Slough
Nooksack River
closure
closure
year round
natural flow
Kendall Creek
North Fork Nooksack
open
closure
year round
Maple Creek
North Fork Nooksack
open
closure
July 1-Oct. 31
Nooksack River -
mainstem
 
Bellingham Bay
 
low flow
 
minimum flow
(new flow)
 
 
Nooksack River -
Middle Fk.
 
Nooksack River
 
low flow
 
minimum flow
(new flow)
 
 
Nooksack River -
North Fk.
 
Nooksack River
 
low flow
 
partial year closure
 
Sept. 1-Oct. 31
 
Nooksack River -
South Fk.
 
Nooksack River
 
open
 
partial year closure
 
July 1-Oct. 31
 
Oyster Creek
Samish Bay
open
closure
year round
natural flow
Padden Creek
Bellingham Bay
open
closure
year round
natural flow
Porter Creek
Middle Fork Nooksack
open
partial year closure
July 1-Oct. 1
Racehorse Creek
North Fork Nooksack
open
partial year closure
July 1-Oct. 31
Saar Creek
Vedder Canal-Canada
open
closure
year round
Saxon Creek
South Fork Nooksack
open
closure
year round
natural flow
Silver Creek
Nooksack River
low flow
partial year closure
May 1-Oct. 31
Skookum Creek
South Fork Nooksack
low flow
partial year closure
July 1-Oct. 31
Smith Creek
Nooksack River
low flow
partial year closure
May 1-Oct. 31
Squalicum Creek
Bellingham Bay
closure
closure
year round
 
Sumas River
Vedder Canal-Canada
closure
closure
year round
Tenmile Creek
Nooksack River
closure
closure
year round
Terrell Creek
Birch Bay
open
partial year closure
May 1-Oct. 31
Thompson Creek
Glacier Cr./N. Fk.
open
partial year closure
July 1-Oct. 31
natural flow
Unnamed Stream -
Elder Ditch/Scott
Ditch
 
 
Nooksack River
 
 
low flow
 
 
low flow
 
 
Unnamed stream -
White Creek
 
Colony Creek
 
closure
 
closure
 
 
Whatcom Creek*
Bellingham Bay
open
closure
year round
natural flow
Wiser Lake Creek
Nooksack River
low flow
partial year closure
May 1-Oct. 31
Lummi Indian Reservation
Streams
 
 
Tenmile Creek
 
closure
 
closure
 
 
Barrett Lake
closure
closure
 
NA
Green Lake
Fourmile Creek
closure
closure
 
NA
Lake Terrell
Terrell Creek
closure
closure
 
NA
Lake Whatcom**
Whatcom Creek
court-ordered
lake level
 
closure
 
year round
 
Wiser Lake
Wiser Lake Creek
closure
closure
 
NA
For streams listed as "natural flow," insufficient data are available to develop instream flows outside the closure period. Water right applications for consumptive use will be considered on a case by case basis in consultation with the departments of fisheries and game; tribes will also be notified.
Streams which are not specifically listed in this regulation are affected by the regulation if they are tributary to streams or lakes listed herein; otherwise such streams are not affected.
*
No exemptions. See WAC 173-501-070(2).
**
Lake Whatcom and its tributaries are closed to all further consumptive appropriation; however, any water right applications for consumptive use which were on file with the department of ecology on August 7, 1985 shall be exempt from the closure through the period extending one year from the effective date of this chapter.
(2) When a project (as described in WAC 173-501-030(5)) is proposed on a stream that is closed to further appropriations, the department shall deny the water right application unless the project proponent can adequately demonstrate that the project does not conflict with the intent of the closure.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a) and 90.54.040 (1) and (2). WSR 85-24-073 (Order 85-19), § 173-501-040, filed 12/4/85.]



173-501-050
Lakes.

In future permitting actions relating to withdrawal of lake waters, lakes and ponds shall be retained substantially in their natural condition. Withdrawals of water which would conflict therewith shall be authorized only in those situations where it is clear that overriding considerations of the public interest will be served.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a) and 90.54.040 (1) and (2). WSR 85-24-073 (Order 85-19), § 173-501-050, filed 12/4/85.]



173-501-060
Groundwater.

If department investigations determine that there is significant hydraulic continuity between surface water and the proposed groundwater source, any water right permit or certificate issued shall be subject to the same conditions as affected surface waters. If department investigations determine that withdrawal of groundwater from the source aquifers would not interfere with stream flow during the period of stream closure or with maintenance of minimum instream flows, then applications to appropriate public groundwaters may be approved.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a) and 90.54.040 (1) and (2). WSR 85-24-073 (Order 85-19), § 173-501-060, filed 12/4/85.]



173-501-070
Exemptions.

(1) Nothing in this chapter shall affect existing water rights, perfected riparian rights, federal Indian and non-Indian reserved rights, appropriative or otherwise existing on the effective date of this chapter, nor shall it affect existing rights relating to the operation of any navigation, hydroelectric, or water storage reservoir or related facilities.
(2) Single domestic, (including up to 1/2 acre lawn and garden irrigation and associated noncommercial stockwatering) shall be exempt from the provisions established in this chapter, except that Whatcom Creek is closed to any further appropriation, including otherwise exempted single domestic use. For all other streams, when the cumulative impact of single domestic diversions begins to significantly affect the quantity of water available for instream uses, then any water rights issued after that time shall be issued for in-house use only, if no alternative source is available.
(3) Nonconsumptive uses which are compatible with the intent of this chapter may be approved.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a) and 90.54.040 (1) and (2). WSR 85-24-073 (Order 85-19), § 173-501-070, filed 12/4/85.]



173-501-080
Policy statement for future permitting actions.

(1) No rights to divert or store public surface waters of WRIA 1 shall hereafter be granted which shall conflict with the purpose of this chapter except as provided in RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a).
(2) Consistent with the provisions of chapter 90.54 RCW, it is the policy of the department to preserve an appropriate minimum instream flow in all perennial streams and rivers as well as the water levels in all lakes in the Nooksack WRIA by encouraging the use of alternate sources of water which include (a) groundwater, (b) storage water, or (c) acquisition of existing water rights.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a) and 90.54.040 (1) and (2). WSR 85-24-073 (Order 85-19), § 173-501-080, filed 12/4/85.]



173-501-090
Enforcement.

In enforcement of this chapter, the department of ecology may impose such sanctions as appropriate under authorities vested in it, including but not limited to the issuance of regulatory orders under RCW 43.27A.190 and civil penalties under RCW 90.03.600.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.21B, 43.27A, 90.22 and 90.54 RCW. WSR 88-13-037 (Order 88-11), § 173-501-090, filed 6/9/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a) and 90.54.040 (1) and (2). WSR 85-24-073 (Order 85-19), § 173-501-090, filed 12/4/85.]



173-501-095
Appeals.

All final written decisions of the department of ecology pertaining to permits, regulatory orders, and related decisions made pursuant to this chapter shall be subject to review by the pollution control hearings board in accordance with chapter 43.21B RCW.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.21B, 43.27A, 90.22 and 90.54 RCW. WSR 88-13-037 (Order 88-11), § 173-501-095, filed 6/9/88.]



173-501-100
Regulation review.

The department of ecology shall initiate a review of the rules established in this chapter whenever new information, changing conditions, or statutory modifications make it necessary to consider revisions.
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.21B, 43.27A, 90.22 and 90.54 RCW. WSR 88-13-037 (Order 88-11), § 173-501-100, filed 6/9/88. Statutory Authority: RCW 90.54.020 (3)(a) and 90.54.040 (1) and (2). WSR 85-24-073 (Order 85-19), § 173-501-100, filed 12/4/85.]
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