WSR 04-03-110

POLICY STATEMENT

DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY


[ Filed January 21, 2004, 10:02 a.m. ]


POLICY STATEMENT


Purpose: In order to comply with RCW 34.05.230(4) of the Administrative Procedure Act, the Department of Ecology submits the following:

Document Title: Policy 1021 - PRIORITY PROCESSING -- WATER BUDGET NEUTRAL PROJECTS.

Subject: Clarifying the type of projects that may be considered nonconsumptive uses of water for the purpose of implementing chapter 173-152 WAC.

Document Description: This policy clarifies that the following types of projects qualify as being nonconsumptive for the purpose of implementing chapter 173-152 WAC:

1. A project entailing the issuance of a nonconsumptive water right permit (i.e., where there is no diversion or diminishment of the source).

2. A project where the direct use of waters of the state is proposed in exchange for discharge of at least an equivalent amount of reclaimed water under a chapter 90.46 RCW permit.

3. A water budget neutral project (e.g., a project which includes a consumptive water use component that is offset by some other commensurate reduction in water use so that the project, as a whole, causes no diminishment of the source).

Effective Date: January 21, 2004.

To receive a copy of the policy statement contact Jeff Marti, Water Resources, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box 47600, [Olympia, WA] 98504-7600, phone (360) 407-6636, fax (360) 407-6574, e-mail jema461@ecy.wa.gov. If you have special accommodation needs or require this document in an alternate format, please contact Water Resources reception at (360) 407-6600 (voice) or 711 (TTY) or 1-800-833-6388 (TTY).

January 16, 2004

Joe Stohr, Program Manager

Water Resources Program

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