Thursday, August 23, 2007

Ecology Wants Artificial Wetlands in the Basin Covered by Critical Area Ordinances

Shirley Wentworth, writing in the The Othello Outlook -- "In the Heart of the Columbia Basin," reports that the Department of Ecology wants wetlands associated with water from irrigation covered by the local CAOs.

"In a July letter to Adams County Planning Director Loren Wiltse, Ecology officials said that wetlands created from activities associated with the Columbia Basin Project should be included in the critical areas ordinance."

Interesting development, as the state continues to push regulatory responsibilities down to the counties. Hopefully, Ms. Wentworth and the Outlook will keep us updated.

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