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WAC 173-546-050

Establishment of instream flows.

(1) The instream flows established in this chapter are based on the recommendations of the Entiat planning unit and public input received during the rule-making process. These instream flows are established in accordance with RCW 90.82.080, and are necessary to meet the water resource management and ecosystem maintenance objectives of the Entiat watershed plan. Instream flows can serve to protect senior water rights.
(2) Instream flows established in this chapter protect stream flows from future withdrawals, and preserve flow levels that are necessary to protect wildlife, fish, water quality, scenic, aesthetic and other environmental values, navigational values, and stock watering requirements. In addition to protecting instream resources, instream flows serve to protect senior water rights.
(3) Instream flows established here are water rights. In accordance with RCW 90.82.080 (2)(a), the planning unit determined by unanimous vote that the priority date of the instream flows is the effective date of this chapter.
(4) All water rights established after the priority date of the instream flows, and not covered under the reservation, are expressly subject to these instream flows. Water rights junior to the instream flow may be exercised when flow or groundwater conditions will provide enough water to satisfy senior rights, including the instream flows. Withdrawals of water which would conflict with instream flows shall be authorized only in situations where it is clear that the overriding considerations of the public interest will be served.
(5) The reservation of water established in WAC 173-546-070 will have a priority date senior to the instream flows. Full use of the reservation will not diminish the protective levels established by the instream flows in WAC 173-546-050, and is necessary to meet the water resource management and ecosystem maintenance objectives under chapters 90.82 and 90.54 RCW.
(6) Instream flows are expressed in cubic feet per second (cfs). Instream flows are measured at the control stations identified in WAC 173-546-040.
(7) Instream flows are established for the stream management units in WAC 173-546-040, as follows:
Instream Flows in the Entiat River Basin
(cubic feet per second)
Month
Days
USGS Gauge #12452990
USGS Gauge #12452800
USGS Gauge #12452890
 
 
 
Lower Entiat nr.
Entiat, RM 1.4
Upper Entiat nr.
Ardenvoir, RM 18
Mad River at
Ardenvoir RM 0.35
January
1-31
 
185
 
175
 
32
 
February
1-29
 
185
 
175
 
32
 
March
1-15
 
185
 
175
 
32
 
 
16-31
 
250
 
285
 
68
 
April
1-15
 
250
 
325
 
100
 
 
16-30
 
350
 
375
 
100
 
May
1-15
 
474
 
375
 
100
 
 
16-31
 
720
 
375
 
100
 
June
1-15
 
898
 
325
 
100
 
 
16-30
 
617
 
325
 
100
 
July
1-15
 
359
 
275
 
68
 
 
16-31
 
268
 
275
 
68
 
August
1-15
 
185
 
275
 
68
 
 
16-31
 
185
 
275
 
51
 
September
1-30
 
185
 
175
 
32
 
October
1-31
 
185
 
175
 
32
 
November
1-30
 
185
 
175
 
32
 
December
1-31
 
185
 
175
 
32
 
[Statutory Authority: Chapters 43.27A, 90.54, 90.22, and 90.82 RCW. WSR 05-16-114 (Order 04-11), § 173-546-050, filed 8/3/05, effective 9/3/05.]
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