The Hirst Decision

Questions from the Audience - September 7, 2017 Conference Call:

What legislative actions may be coming that may change current ground water mitigation processes in Kittitas county? Will the Hirst decision effect ground water withdrawal in Kittitas county?
Answer begins at 18:48.

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What does it take for a County to assess impairment? And could mitigation clauses be added to Counties that have older in-stream flow rules?
Answer begins at 20:45.

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In Cowlitz county, if you have had the well put in 2011, but no building on lot. Now building is going on property. Is there a problem with the Hurst rule?
Answer begins at 30:55.

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What special interest other than tax increase polititians is behind this bill? What is our association position on it?
Answer begins at 33:28.

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Does the Hirst descision affect or complicate rain water collection i.e. systerns?
Answer begins at 34:59.

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Where do people go to check if well is approved for water use in Clark and Cowlitz county?
Answer begins at 37:00.

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Does Thurston County currently have an in stream flow law?
Answer begins at 38:02.

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Does the State have any regulatory power over rainwater? My understanding was that groundwater is State property, but rainwater is "up for grabs".
Answer begins at 39:20.

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We have a lot of listings vacant land promoting 'well in' and they have no idea if is legal.
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Do we need REALTOR members whose clients are being negatively affected by Hirst to reach out to us so we can use these property owners as examples for advocacy/advertising?
Answer begins at 42:50.

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What about Summit Lake where over 90% of properties draw their drinking water from the lake?
Answer begins at 43:57.

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How would Hirst affect community well supplies that still have connections available. Would new homes be allowed to utilize the unused connections?
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We don't hear much regarding the effects of Hirst in Kitsap County. Does Kitsap have newer flow rules?
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On vacant land with installed wells... does it matter if there was a previous residence on the property? (As opposed to new development)
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1. Any updates for Stevens, Ferry & Pend Oreille County? Currently, these counties are doing business as usual. 2. I may have missed this answer, but when do we expect the Hirst decision to be finalized?
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If an exempt well allows for 5000 Gallons per day and up to 6 connections, why couldn't an existing single party well allow a vacant land neighbor to connect without running afoul of Hirst?
Answer begins at 53:24.

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Can you give us an example of what the future looks like in working through proving a Hirst adequate water supply?
Answer begins at 55:52.

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Does the Hirst decision effect stock water?
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Videos About The Hirst Decision:

Government Affairs Update
Washington REALTORS® Government Affairs update on the Hirst Decision
Published on YouTube: April 28, 2017
(2 min. / 50 sec.)

Update and Clarification on the Hirst Decision
Government Affairs update on the Hirst Decision
Published on YouTube: May 2, 2017
(3 min. / 22 sec.)

Meet The Boyds
The Hirst Decision explained.
Published on YouTube: June 2, 2017
(3 min. / 15 sec.)