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Focus on Permit-exempt well use in the Spokane Valley-Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer

Publication number Date Published
15-11-011June 2015
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Author(s) Eastern Regional Office - Water Resources Program
Description If you are not able to connect to an existing water supplier for your water needs, you may need to use a permit-exempt well. Mitigation is required for all permit-exempt water uses started on or after Feb. 27, 2015 in the Spokane Valley–Rathdrum Prairie (SVRP) Aquifer. The SVRP Aquifer Bank has been established to provide mitigation water.

In February 2015, the Dept. of Ecology (Ecology) adopted a water management rule for the Spokane River and the Spokane Valley–Rathdrum Prairie (SVRP) Aquifer (WAC 173-557). The rule affects all surface and groundwater uses started on or after Feb. 27, 2015, the effective date of the rule. At the same time, the rule for Little Spokane watershed (WAC 173-555-010) was amended to clarify how new uses of water in the area covered by both rules would be managed.
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Keywords Spokane River, water right, exempt well, aquifer
WEB PAGE Ecology web page on Spokane rule and amended Little Spokane rule
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Area 54 Lower Spokane