Friday, July 17, 2009

Upper Kittitas County Closed to New Groundwater Withdrawals

From Ecology
Emergency rule closes new groundwater withdrawals in upper Kittitas County YAKIMA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will file an emergency rule that closes upper Kittitas County to all new groundwater withdrawals, the agency announced Thursday, July 16. After nearly two years of negotiations, Ecology was unable to gain a commitment from the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners that they were willing to move forward with a memorandum of agreement and alternative rule approach that would have limited the uncontrolled proliferation of so-called “exempt groundwater wells” in upper Kittitas County.