Quilcene: County commissioners irked over state snub of proposed water system


Peninsula Daily News

Quilcene, WA - Jefferson County commissioners Monday leveled criticism at the state Department of Ecology for denying a request that would have led to a public water system in Quilcene.

``When it comes to water rights, the DOE is dysfunctional,'' said Commissioner Dan Titterness during a commissioners meeting in Port Townsend.

``DOE is a mess.''

He also accused Ecology's management of being incompetent.

The Jefferson County Public Utility District sought part of the unused water right held by the U.S. Forest Service for its Quilcene Ranger Station diverted to the community for the water system.

In denying the request, Ecology officials said a portion of a total water right cannot be transferred.

Titterness said the situation might have been different if the Forest Service had a plan in place for the extra water.

``The city (Port Townsend) doesn't use all of its water, but it has a plan in place for the future,'' Titterness said.

Commissioner Pat Rodgers, whose jurisdiction includes Quilcene, said he's heard from many Quilcene residents and business owners who are upset by the denial.

``It's the justice of it that drives them crazy,'' Rodgers said.


Science 101

State Department of Ecology has refused any new water "Rights" to the South Jefferson County area for 15 years. Are they part of a conspiracy to eliminate any hope for our economy , or any population growth ?? Massive amounts of fresh water flow daily into the Hood Canal , mixing with salt and becoming useless to people . ( we get 90 inches per year ) It is clear , a priori * , that there is more than enough water for reasonable, low density , development ...without impacting Salmon !!
I believe that the South County communities could win a big Civil Suit
against the State......I also believe that the County Government should
file a suit ...

Ken Shock

* "Philosophical thought - Pre-a priori thinkers included rationalists such as René Descartes and Gottfried Leibniz, who argued that knowledge is gained through reason, not experience. However, modern a priori thought began with Immanuel Kant who brought up the contemporary distinction between a priori and a posteriori knowledge. He argues that propositions known a priori are necessarily true, while propositions known a posteriori are contingent, because a priori knowledge has always been true, according to Kant (e.g. two plus two equals four). "




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