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Vicki Cline
Phone: (360) 407-0278
  Eva Richards - Metering
Phone: (360) 407-6643

Quilcene-Snow Water Resources Management Program

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Water Resources Management Program - Chapter 173-517 WAC

On November 30, 2009, a new water management rule was signed and adopted by the Department of Ecology. The rule, Chapter 173-517 WAC (Water Resource Management for the Quilcene-Snow Basin, WRIA 17), took effect December 31, 2009.  The rule only affects water right decisions made after the effective date.  It does not affect people with existing water rights.

Rule Adoption

Background - Information and events that led up to the adoption of the rule

Elements of the rule

The water management rule includes provisions that:

Overview of the basin

The Quilcene-Snow basin (WRIA 17) is located along the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington State. The basin covers approximately 626 square miles (401,000 acres) and includes portions of Jefferson and Clallam counties. It is bordered to the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca, to the east by Admiralty Inlet, northern Puget Sound and Hood Canal, and to the south and west by the Olympic Mountains and associated foothills and floodplains.

More than 70 percent of the basin is privately owned, and the total population growth is among the highest in the state. The watersheds provide spawning and rearing habitats for four species of salmon: coho, chum, steelhead, and cutthroat. Freshwater rearing is particularly critical for coho whose typical freshwater cycle extends through the summer months when many streams within the basin are flow-limited.

Reference: Washington State Conservation Commission, Salmon and Steelhead Habitat Limiting Factors for Watershed Resource Inventory Area 17, Quilcene/Snow Watershed (01/12/2015 - web link no longer available)

For additional information:


Ann Wessel
Phone: (360) 407-6785