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WRIA 17 Instream Flow Rule


After a lengthy public process involving the WRIA 17 Planning Unit, the WA Department of Ecology adopted new rules to manage water use in the Quilcene-Snow Basin of northeastern Jefferson County - also known as Water Resources Inventory Area (WRIA) 17. The WRIA 17 Instream Flow Rule is part of the state's Washington Administrative Code (WAC 173-517) and took effect December 31, 2009. The new rules apply to new water rights decisions, not existing water rights.

Learn more and view the following materials:
For updated information on the County's role in ongoing watershed planning and management efforts, contact:
  • Jefferson County Environmental Health Division
    615 Sheridan Street
    Port Townsend, WA 98368
  • Email
  • Phone: 360-385-9444
    (Monday - Thursday
    9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.)