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                                 SENATE BILL 5872



State of Washington              52nd Legislature             1991 Regular Session


By Senator Bluechel.


Read first time February 28, 1991.  Referred to Committee on Environment & Natural Resources.Protecting the Snoqualmie river.

     AN ACT Relating to the protection of the Snoqualmie river; creating new sections; and making an appropriation.




     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.  LEGISLATIVE FINDING‑-PURPOSE.  It is the intent of the legislature to encourage the communities of this state to join on a regional basis in order to implement the declared policy of this state that rivers of the state which, with their immediate environs, possess outstanding natural, scenic, historic, ecological, and recreational values of present and future benefit to the public shall be preserved in as natural condition as practical while allowing for reasonable maintenance of rivers for flood control purposes.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  SNOQUALMIE RIVER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM.  In accordance with the purpose of this act and pursuant to the applicable provisions of chapter 39.34 RCW, the state parks and recreation commission of the state of Washington, in consideration for the appropriation granted under section 5 of this act, shall agree to adopt and implement a management program for lands on the section of the Snoqualmie river above Snoqualmie falls in King county of the state of Washington, which river section possesses the characteristics under section 1 of this act.  The state parks and recreation commission shall work in conjunction with the King county council and the municipalities of North Bend and Snoqualmie in developing this management program.  Representatives of local landowners and river users who represent the variety of interests along the river shall be included in the management task force to develop the management program.  The state parks and recreation commission shall provide technical assistance and facilitation of public forums in the development of the management program.  The task force shall submit an agreed upon program to the commission no later than two years from the date of enactment.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.  PLAN ADOPTION.  The state parks and recreation commission shall review the final management program as adopted by the county and municipalities.  The commission shall approve the program if, in the commission's judgment, the program adequately fulfills the requirements of this act, protects the natural character of the river, provides a program for managing publicly owned land along the river, and protects the rights of private property owners.  If the management program is approved in accordance with this section, the commission shall:  (1) Prepare, in consultation with the county and municipalities, and submit to the governor and the legislature a requested budget to assist in the implementation of the management program; and (2) Support the implementation of the management program by providing technical assistance, staff consultation, and grants for implementation, subject to available appropriations.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 4.  DESIGNATION.  Following implementation of the management program, the county and municipalities may request that the state parks and recreation commission consider the Snoqualmie river for designation as a scenic river under chapter 79.72 RCW.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 5.  PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION‑-APPROPRIATION.  There is hereby appropriated from the general fund to the state parks and recreation commission the sum of forty thousand dollars, or as much thereof as may be necessary, for the biennium ending June 30, 1993, to provide for the purpose of providing the state parks and recreation commission with amounts necessary to offset the costs of establishing a Snoqualmie river management program.  The commission may allocate up to twenty-five percent of the appropriated amount to the local governments to offset administrative costs and costs associated with staff and planning assistance.


     NEW SECTION.  Sec. 6.  Captions as used in this act do not constitute any part of the law.