Memorandum of Agreement between Ecology and Kittitas County. Presented by Derek I. Sandison Central Regional Director Washington State Department of Ecology. April 11, 2008. Kittitas County. 2000 Census Population 33,362, about 40 percent in unincorporated county
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between Ecology and Kittitas County
Derek I. Sandison
Central Regional Director
Washington State Department of Ecology
April 11, 2008
Water Resources Act of 1971
. . . whenever it appears necessary to the director in carrying out the policy of this chapter, the department may by rule . . . [w]hen sufficient information and data are lacking to allow for the making of sound decisions, withdraw various waters of the state from additional appropriations until such data and information are available.
1. Accept petition and go to rule making
2. Reject the petition and take no further action
3. Reject the petition, but propose an alternative approach to closure
Relying on exception to exemption (WAC 197-11-305) of the SEPA Rules:
The proposal is a segment of a proposal that includes: (i) A series of actions, physically or functionally related to each other, some of which are categorically exempt and some of which are not; or (ii) A series of exempt actions that are physically or functionally related to each other, and that together may have a probable significant adverse environmental impact in the judgment of an agency with jurisdiction
“There is an old rule of thumb about government regulation that if people are complaining that it is too strict and others are insisting that it is too lax, then it might be about right.”
-Ellensburg Daily Record editorial regarding proposed MOA, April 4, 2008