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Dungeness Water Rule discussions are on tap


The Dungeness Water Rule has been in place for three months, but it remains controversial.

 

To ease the path as it’s further implemented, Clallam County and the Department of Ecology have created the “Dungeness Rule Implementation Forum,” an opportunity for interested parties to gather every other month to discuss issues as they arise.

 

Clallam County Commissioner Jim McEntire, who has served as the point person for the commission on the new rule, explained that the forum originally was the idea of Sen. Jim Hargrove. “I was happy to follow along with that,” he said.

 

“My only thought is to keep it very informal. This isn’t a decision-making group — it’s simply a way to discuss implementation issues.”

 

McEntire said after listening to the discussions, “the people who have the authority can go back and implement it the right way.”

 

Each forum meeting will include progress reports, including the number of relevant building permits issued, mitigation certificates issued and a summary of recent technical assistance questions filed by the public.

 

In addition, a “special topic” will be selected for each meeting, with a detailed discussion to follow.

A public comment period also will be provided at each meeting.

 

Altogether 11 organizations, representing a diversity of interests, have been invited to be part of the forum meetings, including the City of Sequim, the Clallam PUD, the three affected American Indian tribes, the Sequim Association of Realtors and the North Peninsula Building Association.

 

The first meeting of the forum will be held from 1-3 p.m., Thursday, April 18, at the John Wayne Marina. The special topic: “How does the implementation forum work and what is its purpose?”

For more information, contact Mike Gallagher, Southwest Water Section manager for Ecology, at 360-407-6058.

 

Reach Mark Couhig at mcouhig@sequimgazette.com.

 

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