WA State Bills to Oppose -E2SSB 5219 – Water Resource “Use”

E2SSB 5219: Retaining water resources to assure the vitality of local economies.

Requires DNR, PRC and WDFW to report unused water and forces the state to “use” water rights that are connected to public lands for out-of-stream purposes, which is unnecessary as the state has trust a trust water rights program.

Seems like another government forcing of “use” of water rights for non stream purposes. Sounds like an incredibly bad idea on it’s surface. Senator Hargrove appears to be supporting this and it would be beneficial to have him explain why this law is needed.

I can’t believe that the Tribes would support this, for example, given the battles to restore endangered salmon runs.