The Dungeness Water Rule, effective Jan 2, 2013, regulates water use in the Dungeness River Watershed, and related drainages. To protect senior water rights and the stream flow within this area, all new water uses must be mitigated. A Water Exchange has been set up to provide approved mitigation certificates, and to direct the fees from those certificates to fund water rights acquisition and groundwater recharge projects.
This page provides links to a wide variety of information about the Water Rule, its history, its current requirements for the permitting process, and maps.
Methods to save water and use it more efficiently. Saving water saves money and conserves a precious resource.
Water testing laboratory facilities, information about safe drinking water, public water systems, and more. Water collected and turned into a lab can be tested for a variety of impurities.
Links to studies of local groundwater quality, water supply, aquifer recharge, modeling, and other water resource topics.
Watershed planning is a method for maintaining, protecting, and restoring the natural resources within a watershed while also enhancing the quality of life in our communities. A watershed plan is a written document to guide water use activities and resources. The goal of watershed planning is to provide a framework to protect, maintain and restore a healthy natural watershed ecosystem and the natural resources within a watershed. A watershed is defined as the land area where water drains into a water body such as a lake or river. Political boundaries usually do not coincide with the natural drainage boundaries of a watershed. Thus, the most effective watershed planning is developed in cooperation with other communities within the watershed. The legislature finds that the local development of watershed plans for managing water resources and for protecting existing water rights is vital to both state and local interests. The law provides a process to allow citizens in a watershed to join together to assess the status of the water resources in their watershed and determine how best to manage them. The plans must balance competing resource demands. They are required to address water quantity by undertaking an assessment of water supply and use within the watershed. This includes recommending long term strategies to provide water in sufficient quantities to satisfy minimum instream flows and to provide water for future out-of-stream needs.