The new Dungeness Watershed Management Rule for the Sequim area is in effect, and if you are buying vacant land with plans to drill a well, or if you have plans to increase your past water use, and if you are living within the watershed area, you will have to pay for the new water use.
Dungeness Watershed Management Rule History
Read this full article on the Dungeness Watershed Management Rule to learn more, and you can view a full size map of the Watershed area and you can read much more on the Clallam County Website.
Dungeness Watershed Management Rule Issue
One question that comes up for buyers of vacant land in Sequim is whether the Dungeness Watershed Management Rule applies to a residential well that was already drilled but the home has not been built yet. The answer is, “If you have not started using the well for your intended purpose before the rule takes effect, your water use is subject to the rule. You do not have an existing right unless you used water from the well for regular beneficial use” prior to January 2, 2013.
For more history with an update on the price of water mitigation, see The Sequim Water Rule. The Dungeness Watershed Management Rule is now in effect.
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