Washington Hydrologic Society Presents:
Rise and Fall of the Groundwater Permit Exemption in Washington State: Implications of Recent Case Law for Rural Water Supply
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM
USGS Washington Water Science Center
934 Broadway, Suite 300
Tacoma, WA, 98402
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Recent court decisions have dramatically affected Washington’s perspective on rural water availability and land use permitting. Counties can no longer rely on the state’s groundwater permit exemption to provide a legal water supply for small rural developments such as single family homes, small subdivisions, and family farms. State agencies, local governments, and the public are grappling with the challenges of limited water supply and a precipitously-declining legal toolkit. In this talk we will examine the paradigm shift in assessing water availability in our state, view some early local government adaptations, and discuss implications for municipal purveyors and future rural development.
Toni Smith is a Washington State-licensed hydrogeologist and certified water rights examiner working as an environmental consultant with Landau Associates in Tacoma. She returned to Landau Associates in 2015 after working with the Department of Ecology’s Water Resources Program in the Northwest Regional Office. Toni works to address water quality and water supply challenges across Washington for diverse clients including state and local governments, utilities, and law firms, agriculture, and the manufacturing industry. Her expertise includes water rights consulting, hydrogeologic modeling, well design and construction, and environmental investigation and remediation. She has co-authored publications in Hydrological Processes and Geoderma related to her academic work on soil moisture dynamics and soil carbon storage in the Boise foothills.
Directions to the USGS Washington Water Science Center:
The USGS office is located across from the Pantages Theater, straight across from a “salmon fountain” in the park. Enter the lobby and go to the third floor using the elevator in the back of the lobby. The building is locked after business hours, so someone will be waiting in the lobby to let everyone in between 6:30 and 7:00pm. There is a pay parking lot on the west side of Broadway, just north of the USGS office, and ample street parking in the neighborhood.
The USGS office is just two short blocks away (southwest) from the Theater District stop on the Sound Transit Tacoma Link Light Rail system, which runs every 12 to 24 minutes until 10pm and will bring you from the Sounder Train at the Tacoma Dome station. Sound Transit currently has nine trains leaving from Seattle’s King Street Station between 2:32pm and 6:20pm (approximately every 30 to 45 minutes). See http://www.soundtransit.org/. Travel back to Downtown Seattle is possible via Sound Transit’s Route 594 bus. Further information on connections from Seattle is available via Metro Transit, http://tripplanner.kingcounty.gov/.
The USGS office is also a block west of Pierce Transit’s downtown Tacoma Transit Center on Commerce St. For connections, see http://www.piercetransit.org/. Limited connections are also available from Thurston County, via Intercity Transit from the same transit center, http://www.intercitytransit.com/Pages/default.aspx
For additional directions and a map, see http://wa.water.usgs.gov/directions.html
Topic: WHS --Rural Water Supply
Date: Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm, Pacific Standard Time (San Francisco, GMT-08:00)
Meeting number: 710 246 685
Meeting password: WHS
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