WRIA 55 Watershed Plan Update (ESSB 6091)

ESSB 6091 was enacted to address restrictions on the issuance of building permits relying on permit exempt wells as a result of the "Hirst Decision".  The new law also requires the update of an existing watershed plan (link to plan) to “identify the potential impacts of exempt well use, identify evidence-based conservation measures, and identify projects to improve watershed health.”  To implement this requirement Spokane County along with the other WRIA 55 “initiating governments” (see RCW 90.82), Stevens County, Pend Oreille County, the City of Spokane, and Whitworth Water District are updating the WRIA 55 Plan.

On this page you will find meeting information and key reference documents such as planning and technical documents, background information and other links

Note that meeting agendas and minutes can be found using the link on the right side of this page.

Please visit Spokane River Watersheds for background and additional information on WRIA 55 and all the Spokane River WRIAs (Water Resource Inventory Areas).

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Spokane County Water Resource Center
1004 N Freya St, Spokane, WA


Watershed Planning Review 1_18_19 DRAFT

Exempt Well Demand 1_18_19 DRAFT
  -- CELP Comments (PDF)
  -- Ecology Comments (PDF)
  -- Greg Sweeney Comments (PDF)
  -- John Endres Comments (PDF)
  -- Kalispel Tribe Comments (PDF)
  -- Pend Oreille County Comments (PDF)
  -- Spokane Riverkeeper Comments (PDF)
  -- Spokane Tribe Comments (PDF)

Initiating Governments Memorandum of Agreement (MOA)

Agendas & Minutes