After a lengthy public process involving the WRIA 17 Planning
Unit, the WA Department of Ecology adopted new rules to manage water use in the Quilcene-Snow Basin of
northeastern Jefferson County - also known as Water Resources
Inventory Area (WRIA) 17. The
WRIA 17 Instream Flow Rule is part
of the state's Washington Administrative Code (WAC 173-517) and took effect
December 31, 2009. The new rules apply to new water rights
decisions, not existing water rights.
NOTE: The information below was posted prior to April 2006.
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The state of Washington is divided into 62 watersheds for planning
purposes under the Watershed Planning Act (Chapter
These units are called Watershed Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs).
Jefferson County is involved in developing and implementing
watershed plans for WRIAs 16, 17, 20 and 21. For a graphic
representation of the state's WRIAs and other background information
on watershed planning, visit the following source:
Contact the County's
Natural Resources program for information on the County's role
in watershed planning efforts for WRIAs 16, 17, 20 and 21.
With respect to WRIA 17, the
Quilcene-Snow Basin of northeast Jefferson County, the Department of
Ecology has initiated rulemaking for the establishment of "instream
flows." The concept would be to establish a water right for
ensuring that sufficient flows are maintained in streams to support
fish populations. See Links below for more information.
2005 Instream Flow Activities
Jefferson County Planning Commission hosted a
workshop on August 31, 2005 concerning an
instream flow rule being proposed by the State Department of
Ecology for the Quilcene-Snow Basin (WRIA
17). Ecology staff was on-hand to present and answer
Ecology hosted an open house on September 20, 2005 at the USO
Building in Fort Worden.
The process is ongoing.
Natural Resources for updated information.
For more information on the
County's role in watershed planning, contact