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Hirst Decision impacts development
A well driller works on the end cap of a well just finished. As a result of a Supreme Court decision last fall, management of groundwater withdrawals are in turmoil as counties now left with the task are unable to determine how well systems affect nearby rivers and those already with operating wells. Rural landowners are being denied building permits as a result. — Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology
OLYMPIA Jan. 26 — A polite but passionate debate concerning water access in rural Washington unfolded Tuesday before the Senate Agriculture, Trade, Water and Economic Development Committee. A public hearing on SB 5024 and SB 5239, aiming to relieve water resource limits as a result of a recent...

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