Friday, September 3, 2010

How Much Should Taxpayers Pay?
Week 2: Online discussion of water management reform

By Dan Partridge, Communication Manager, Water Resources Program

The Washington State Department of Ecology’s Water Smart Washington Online Forum enters its second week with a new Question of the Week focused on how much taxpayers pay for the processing of water right applications.

The forum is designed to get your ideas and suggestions on how Ecology’s Water Resources Program can become more effective and efficient in protecting and managing Washington’s water supplies for current and future users.

The Question of the Week for the second week is:
“Should the taxpayers of Washington, through the State General Fund, continue to pay for water right application processing? Should those who want to use the water of Washington pay a larger portion or even the full cost of processing their water right applications?”

The Question of the Week for Week 2 will be posted from today (Sept. 3) through Sunday Sept. 12. The question normally will be changed every Monday but Ecology will be closed Sept. 6 for the Labor Day holiday. The forum will also not be moderated Tuesday, Sept. 7 which is a temporary lay-off day for state employees, required by state law.

The forum received 31 comments on the first question of the week pertaining to additional funding for the implementation of watershed plans in Washington. From Monday Aug. 30 through Friday Sept. 3 the forum received from 163 to more than 750 views each day.

To contribute your ideas and join the discussion in the forum, go to: and click on the Water Smart Washington logo. Comments and suggestions received in the forum are being cataloged and archived and will help shape the policy initiatives Ecology is considering and the proposed legislation Ecology will be requesting to reform water resource management in Washington state.

We welcome your participation, and appreciate your interest!

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