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Washington state, utility reach water mitigation agreement

May 17, 2019

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Washington state and an electric utility have reached an agreement that provides an uninterrupted water supply to hundreds of homes affected by regulations protecting the Skagit River.

The Skagit Valley Herald reported Friday that the state Department of Ecology has agreed to pay $1.1 million for water Seattle City Light will continuously release from the Gorge Dam to offset well use affecting the river.

Some homes built in parts of Skagit and Snohomish counties between 2001 and 2013 were prevented from using well water because of an instream flow rule.

The rule set water use limits, aiming to protect salmon affected by river flows.

Water Resources Program Regional Supervisor Ria Berns says the agreement will offset the water use of about 400 homes.

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Information from: Skagit Valley Herald, http://www.skagitvalleyherald.com

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