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County hopes to resume issuing building permits soon, after several months of delay

County hopes to resume issuing building permits soon, after several months of delay

After a several-month-long hiatus in issuing building permits for houses that depend on a well for water, Okanogan County has started reviewing applications and hopes to begin issuing permits by the end of March. Three dozen building permits have been on hold as the county worked out an approach for complying with …
Methow Watershed council seeks new member

Methow Watershed council seeks new member

People with knowledge of water issues have one more week to submit a letter of interest to the Methow Watershed Council, which is looking for a new member for the eight-person group. The individual should have some involvement with water issues, such as experience as an irrigator, an environmentalist or a water manager. Council members...
Hirst decision widely felt

Hirst decision widely felt

The effects of a state Supreme Court decision on water adequacy are already being felt by people around the county — builders, well-drillers, real estate brokers, and ordinary citizens with plans to build a house. Okanogan County has put building permits on hold while it works out a system for complying with the court ruling in the Whatcom...
Early snowpack a promising ‘jumpstart’

Early snowpack a promising ‘jumpstart’

The outlook for a good summer water supply in 2017 looks promising as the new year gets underway with a healthy snowpack accumulating in the North Cascades. At Hart’s Pass northwest of the Methow Valley, the SNOTEL snowpack-monitoring site measured …
Citizens urge simple water-application process

Citizens urge simple water-application process

Requiring any residents who want to build a house to also build a case to show they have enough water and the right to use it would be burdensome, costly and time-consuming, a dozen citizens …
Methow River basin will be considered for drought declaration

Methow River basin will be considered for drought declaration

The Methow River basin will be considered for a drought declaration this week, after falling below 75 percent of normal water supply. Almost half the state’s river basins are now in a declared drought emergency, as the water supply outlook rivals some of the worst drought years in six decades.
Methow River watershed may be designated a drought area

Methow River watershed may be designated a drought area

Ann McCreary The streamflow forecast for the Methow River has dropped to 73 percent of normal for April through September, which could qualify the Methow River watershed for a drought designation. State law allows the Department of Ecology to declare a drought when an area is experiencing, or projected to experience, a water supply that...

Watershed council, county will work on revision of state water rules

By Ann McCreary
With the goal of securing additional municipal water for the town of Twisp, Okanogan County’s planning director and Methow Watershed Council members have agreed to work together on

Watershed council awaits county action on water rule change proposal

By Ann McCreary
Methow Watershed Council members are eager to move ahead with a proposal to revise a state Department of Ecology water rule in an effort to alleviate Twisp’s shortage of municipal water.
Proposal could help Twisp’s water shortage problems

Proposal could help Twisp’s water shortage problems

By Ann McCreary
A change in the state’s water law may soon be proposed by the Methow Watershed Council (MWC), with the goal of providing a long-sought solution to Twisp’s shortage of municipal water.