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DRAFT <br />Guiding principles for developing a <br />DOMESTIC WATER RESERVE PROGRAM <br /> <br />Cooperators’ Agreement between <br />KITTITAS COUNTY and the Washington State DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY <br /> <br />The parties to this Cooperators’ Agreement establish the following goals for developing and <br />implementing a Domestic Water Reserve Program in Upper Kittitas County: <br /> <br />· To prevent harm to tributaries and senior water rights from new development that may <br />occur in upper Kittitas County. <br /> <br />· To provide developers the opportunity to participate in a “mitigation credit” program in <br />areas where senior water rights are not available to offset new groundwater pumping. <br /> <br />· Provide a reliable and predictable process for landowners to obtain timely water <br />availability decisions. <br /> <br />· To collaborate with the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Program (YRBWEP) <br />out-of-stream work group in developing and implementing a Domestic Water Reserve <br />Program. <br /> <br /> <br />SIGNATURES <br /> <br />STATE OF WASHINGTON <br />DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY <br /> <br />KITTITAS COUNTY <br /> <br />__________________________________ <br />Ted Sturdevant, Director <br /> <br />Date:_______________ <br /> <br /> <br />___________________________________ <br />Commissioner Paul Jewell <br />Chairman <br />Date:_____________ <br /> <br /> <br />___________________________________ <br />Commissioner Alan Crankovich <br />Vice-chairman <br /> <br />Date:_____________ <br /> <br />___________________________________ <br />Commissioner Obie O’Brien <br /> <br />Date:_____________