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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 />WHEREAS the Department of Ecology and Kittitas County desire to develop and implement a Domestic Water <br />Reserve Program to allow for planning and use of future domestic water reserves in Kittitas County; <br /> <br />NOW THEREFORE, the parties to this Cooperators’ Agreement establish the following goals for developing <br />and 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 occur in upper <br />Kittitas County. <br /> <br />· To provide developers the opportunity to participate in a “mitigation credit” program in areas where <br />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 availability decisions. <br /> <br />· To collaborate with the Yakima River Basin stakeholders and governments in developing and <br />implementing a Domestic Water Reserve Program. <br /> <br />This Cooperators’ Agreement may only be amended in writing signed by both parties. Either party may <br />terminate this Cooperators’Agreement by giving the other party thirty (30) days written notice. <br /> <br /> <br />SIGNATURES <br /> <br />STATE OF WASHINGTON <br />DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY <br />KITTITAS COUNTY <br /> <br /> <br />__________________________________ <br />Ted Sturdevant, Director <br /> <br />Date:_________________ <br /> <br /> <br />___________________________________ <br />Commissioner Paul Jewell, Chairman <br />Date:________________ <br /> <br /> <br />___________________________________ <br />Commissioner Alan Crankovich, Vice-Chairman <br /> <br />Date:________________ <br /> <br /> <br />___________________________________ <br />Commissioner Obie O’Brien <br /> <br />Date:________________ <br />