Pierce Local Water Plan: Public Comment Period

Update as of July 31, 2018: The public comment period has ended, but you can still share your thoughts in person at the August 7 Board meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Water and Environmental Center at 7 pm on August 7, 2018.

The Partnership plans to submit a new local water plan before the Board at the August 7 meeting. Created in collaboration with Larry Pierce, the LWP moves place of use and point of diversion on two water rights, facilitating stream flow by allowing Pierce to draw water from a spot where it is more available and less critical.

Pursuant to RCW 90.92, this plan will open for public comment for the 30-day period between July 1 and July 31, 2018. The full text of the plan can be found here.

If you'd like to comment, you have three options:

  1. File a written comment with the Partnership office, at: Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership, Water and Environmental Center, Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
  2. Submit a document via email to staff, at sam.chapman@wwcc.edu.
  3. Attend the Board meeting on August 7 and make your comment verbally.

These comments will be reviewed by the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership Board as well as the Board’s technical advisory committee.

Partnership Working Session w/ Tom Tebb from WDOE, June 19

The Partnership will be holding another special Board meeting to continue drafting its 2018 Report to the Legislature and renewal application. Tom Tebb, a representative from the Department of Ecology in Spokane, will be attending to offer help. Like the other special sessions, public comments will not be solicited, but the public is still welcome to attend the meeting.

This special session will occur on June 19, at the Water & Environmental Center at 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA. The time will be 6 pm to 8 pm.

Time Change for Winter Board Meetings

In order to make travel to and from board meetings easier in the winter months, the Partnership board voted at the July 11 meeting to move meeting start times from November through February. The November, December, January, and February meetings will now start at 5 pm instead of 7 pm, and will keep the usual two hour length.

The meeting location will remain rooms 2023 and 2024 in the Water and Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way. Make sure to show up and engage with water policy in your community!

Public Board Meeting June 21

There will be a special public board meeting in June regarding the future of our organization.  As you are likely aware, the legislative authorization of the Partnership expires on June 30, 2019.  We are initiating discussions now with multiple parties, to ask potential questions such as:

·        What aspects of the Partnership have been most successful?

·        What aspects of the Partnership have been most problematic?

·        What things does the Partnership need to change?

·        What is our vision going forward and what should we do to realize that vision?

   As we get closer to June 21, a detailed agenda will be made available online.  The meeting will be held from 3-6 PM that day at the Enology & Viticulture Center on the Walla Walla Community College campus.  The event will be followed by a no-host social.  This meeting will be open to all members of the public.

Revision to Water Banking Application

The Partnership Board has approved a new version of the water banking application form and annual report form. It's largely similar to the previous version, with some new information added. Links to both of them are now available in the Water Banking section of the Services tab.

As always, contact Doug Birdsall (doug.birdsall@wwcc.edu or 509-524-5216) for questions about water banking. We hope you'll continue to help us expand this program that's helping our Basin!

Gardena Farms Irrigation District LWP

Gardena Farms Irrigation District #13 has applied to the Partnership for a new Local Water Plan. The public comment period on this plan is now open.

Written comments will be accepted until 4:00 pm on June 5, mailed to the Partnership at the Water & Environmental Center, Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA, 99362, or by e-mail to chris.hyland@wwcc.edu.

Verbal comments will be heard at the Partnership Board meeting at 7:00 pm on June 6, at the above address in conference room 2023/2024.

Click to view the text of the Local Water Plan.

Click to view the associated water right.