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AWWA Webinar with Toni Smith: Assessing Water Availability

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The American Water Works Association, Pacific Northwest Section Water Resources Committee will host a webinar about the evolution of water rights litigation in Washington State on Wednesday, February 22 from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PST.

Cost for AWWA members $15; Cost for Non Members $25. Register online.

TJS Portrait web2Presenter Toni Smith, licensed hydrogeologist and Certified Water Right Examiner in Landau Associates' Tacoma office, will examine the paradigm shift in assessing water availability in our state, view some early local government adaptations, and discuss implications for municipal purveyors and future rural development.

Recent court decisions have dramatically affected Washington's perspective on rural water availability and land use permitting. Counties can no longer rely on the state's groundwater permit exemption to provide a legal water supply for small rural developments such as single family homes, small subdivisions, and family farms. State agencies, local governments, and the public are grappling with the challenges of limited water supply and a precipitously-declining legal toolkit.