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(1) The department shall initiate a pilot program in a selected basin or basins to explore the cost, feasibility, and benefits of entering into long-term water right lease agreements. The purpose of the agreements is to alleviate water supply conditions that may affect public health and safety, drinking water supplies, agricultural activities, or fish and wildlife survival. Under this program, the department is authorized to negotiate and enter into contractual agreements before a drought emergency is declared under RCW 43.83B.405(2) that identify projects, measures, sources of water, and other resources that may be accessed during times of water shortage. Water right changes executed under agreement under this section are subject to the requirements of RCW 90.03.380.
(2) The department shall submit a report to the legislature by December 31, 2024, on the results of the pilot program. The department shall include a summary of the contracts entered into pursuant to this section and recommendations to the legislature.
(3) This section expires June 30, 2025.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - Washington Revised Code Title 43. State Government--Executive § 43.83B.450. Long-term water right lease agreements--Pilot program (Expires June 30, 2025) - last updated April 06, 2022 | https://codes.findlaw.com/wa/title-43-state-governmentexecutive/wa-rev-code-43-83b-450/
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