Quilcene-Snow Water Resources Management Program

Water Resources Management Program - Chapter 173-517 WAC

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Petition to Repeal Chapter 173-517 WAC - December 2009

On December 30, 2009, Ecology received a petition from the Olympic Stewardship Foundation represented by Dennis Schultz to repeal WAC 173-517 Water Resources Management Program for the Quilcene-Snow Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA 17). The rule was adopted on November 30, 2009, and took effect on December 31, 2009.

The petition was filed under the Administrative Procedures Act, RCW 34.05.330.  Ecology must respond to the petition within 60 days, no later than February 28, 2010. At that time the Department must either deny the petition or initiate rule-making to repeal the rule.

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Watershed planning

The locally-led Quilcene-Snow Watershed Planning Unit completed a comprehensive watershed plan for the Quilcene-Snow in October 2003.  The committee decided it did not have sufficient information at that time to make instream flow recommendations to Ecology.  However, a key commitment in the watershed plan was to continue working with Ecology to try and reach consensus on instream flows.  The watershed management plan was approved by Jefferson County Board of County Commissioners on January 10, 2005.

During 2005 Ecology proposed draft rule language and held two open houses to discuss the proposal with the public.  However, that work was suspended when Ecology officials learned their public involvement effort was inadequate.   They share the public’s desire to create a process that builds on the work done by the WRIA 17 planning unit and involves residents in the Quilcene-Snow watershed.

Since then, Ecology managers and consultants have met with Jefferson and Clallam county residents to resume the watershed management effort in a more inclusive way.

Resource Information

Frequently asked questions

Information about management options being considered, and legal and technical background information in a question and answer format.

Presentations and news releases – Archive

Ecology is providing many opportunities for the public to learn about, and provide feedback, on the water issues facing the watershed.

A public hearing on the proposed rule was held on June 25, 2009.  The associated comment period ended at 5:00 pm. on July 10, 2009.  All public comments received by Ecology on the draft of the Water Resource Management Rule for WRIA 17 are available.  Comments were received between May 20, 2009 and July 10, 2009 via US Mail, Email, online form submittal, and public hearing testimony.

Corrections to the July 16, 2009 Peninsula Daily News article, Kessler seeks answers from Ecology:


Ann Wessel
Phone: (360) 407-6785
Email: awes461@ecy.wa.gov