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The Walla Walla County Democrats hold meetings on a regular basis. Newcomers are always welcome! You will find specific dates listed on our calendar, but the meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The meetings are both in person and virtual. We meet in person in the board room of the Walla Walla School District Building, 364 S. Park St., Walla Walla. Zoom meeting links are regularly sent to our email list. If you would like to be added to our list or simply join one of our meetings virtually, please contact us for details or sign up for our mailing list here.

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Jun
23
Thu
Water Rights Adjudication – Ag & Rural Caucus @ Zoom meeting (link in description)
Jun 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Zoom meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86055131402?pwd=SFVvUDF2UkEyTlAzYmR0OVBCM2Yxdz09

An event of the Ag and Rural Caucus of the State Democratic Central Committee

Water Rights Adjudication: Theory, Yakima Experience, and the Nooksack Anticipation

Mary Verner, Department of Ecology: Theory
Tom Ring, veteran of Yakima adjudication: Experience

William Clarke, Whatcom County, Ag Water Board: Anticipation

Water Rights: The FundamentalsLet’s start at the beginning. Who has rights to use public waters and how did they get them? This is the business of water right adjudication. And the Department of Ecology, working for the state, is boss. Except that the state is a latecomer to claiming jurisdiction, about a hundred years. And except that only the courts can really adjudicate water rights.

Confused? Aside from one-on-one adjudications, there has been only one general basin adjudication, the Yakima. It took forty years. It wrapped up in2019.  It is known by its court title: Ecology v Acquella.

Next up is the Nooksack (WRIA-01). Are landowners in Whatcom County looking forward to forty years of litigation?

Our meeting on 23 June takes up water right adjudication, the experience in the Yakima basin, and the anticipations in the Nooksack.