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Spokane County Hirst Decision Update

BUILDING PERMITS AND WELLS: Changes due to a recent court case

I want to build using a well — what do I do now?
Start by talking with your county. Each county is interpreting and applying the court case differently.
→ Some counties have issued temporary laws restricting building that relies on groundwater wells.
→ Some areas of the state remain unaffected by the court decision. This may change over time as counties begin to enact new ordinances.

Click below to read the full update here via Department of Ecology

Spokane Contact: Keith Stoffel
→ keith.stoffel@ecy.wa.gov | 509-329-3464

“Hirst decision” (Whatcom County v. W Wash. Growth Mgmt. Hr’gs Bd. No. 91475-3)
→ Online resources Ecology’s web page about the court decision: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/ programs/wr/ wrhome.html
→ Ecology’s web page on water resources: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/ programs/wr/ wrhome.html