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Study: New Water Quality Standards Would Cost Billions, Produce Little Benefit

Posted December 11th, 2013 ‘Fish consumption’ issue could mean $200-a-month sewer bills — business, local-government organizations sound alarm as Ecology seeks standards no one can meet.

By Erik Smith Washington State Wire

Boise Cascade’s Wallula mill: Pulp and paper industry would be sharply affected.

OLYMPIA, Dec. 10.—$200-a-month sewer bills, anyone? Business and local governments are sounding a new warning about a Department of Ecology plan to impose water-quality standards so tough no one can [...]

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Wash. Dept. of Ecology and Swinomish Tribe Agree on Temporary Groundwater Use

Joint News Release: Washington State Department of Ecology and Swinomish Indian Tribal Community – October 10, 2013 (13-258)

Ecology and Swinomish Tribe agree 2001-2013 Skagit groundwater use secure while water supply solutions are developed

 

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) will not require Skagit Basin well owners who established groundwater rights between April 14, 2001, and Oct. 2, 2013, to curtail their water use after a recent court decision overturned a 2006 state water rule.

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Wash. Ecology Director Committed to Finding Water Supply

Washington State Department of Ecology – October 3, 2013

Ecology director committed to finding water supply solutions in the Skagit Basin after State Supreme Court ruling.

OLYMPIA – Washington Department of Ecology Director Maia Bellon today renewed her commitment to ensuring adequate water supplies for home owners and stream flows in the Skagit Basin after Ecology’s 2006 water management rule for the Skagit Basin was invalidated.

The Washington state Supreme Court ruled 6-3 today that Ecology in 2006 exceeded its [...]

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