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  • W.W.I.R.P.P. SERIES-NO.6

    PUYALLUP RIVER BASIN

    INSTREAM RESOURCES PROTECTION PROGRAM

    INCLUDING

    PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

    STATE OF WASHINGTON

    DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY

    MARCH 1980

  • PUYALLUP RIVER BASIN

    INSTREAM RESOURCES PROTECTION PROGRAM

    Including

    PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE RULES

    (Water Resources Inventory Area 10)

    Prepared by Water Resource Policy Development Section

    Washington State Department of Ecology

    Project Planner, Robert Kavanaugh 753-6875

    Washington State Department of Printing Olympia, Washington

    December 1979

  • TABLE OF CONTENTS Page

    SUMMARY.................................................................................................................................................................

    I. PROGRAM OVERVIEW ...........................................................................................................................1

    Instream Flow.......................................................................................................................................1 Public Participation ..............................................................................................................................1 Statutory Powers...................................................................................................................................1 Assumptions .........................................................................................................................................2

    II. ENVIRONMENTAL SETTING .................................................................................................................3

    Area Description...................................................................................................................................3 Economy...............................................................................................................................................4 Population.............................................................................................................................................4 Land Use...............................................................................................................................................5

    III. WATER RESOURCES ...............................................................................................................................7

    Surface Water .......................................................................................................................................7 Diversions...........................................................................................................................................10 Ground Water .....................................................................................................................................11

    IV. WATER QUALITY ..................................................................................................................................18

    V. INSTREAM RESOURCE USE.................................................................................................................22

    Instream ..............................................................................................................................................22

    Fisheries.......................................................................................................................................22 Wildlife........................................................................................................................................28 Recreation....................................................................................................................................30 Scenic & Aesthetic ......................................................................................................................31 Navigation ...................................................................................................................................31

    VI. OTHER WATER USES AND RELATED ASPECTS..............................................................................33

    Municipal and Industrial.....................................................................................................................33 Diversions...........................................................................................................................................33 Hydroelectric ......................................................................................................................................34 Irrigation.............................................................................................................................................36 Flood Control......................................................................................................................................36

    VII. PRESENT ADMINISTRATIVE STATUS...............................................................................................39

    VIII. PROPOSED ADMINISTRATIVE STATUS............................................................................................40

    IX. ALTERNATIVES .....................................................................................................................................41

    Acknowledgements....................................................................................................................................42

    Appendix A: Stream Management Information Appendix B: Hydrologic Base Flow Analysis and Instream Flow Hydrographs Appendix C: Chapter 173-510

    D: Glossary and Conversion Tables E: Economic Statement F: Public, State, Federal Agency Comments and Memos G. Methodology

    REFERENCES.............................................................................................................................................................

  • SUMMARY

    The overall Western Washington Instream Resources Protection Program involves development of instream resource protection measures under Chapter 90.54 RCW, Chapter 90.22 RCW, and Chapter 173-500 WAC for the 26 water resource inventory areas found in Western Washington. The Department of Ecology, has formed an interdisciplinary and interagency planning team to determine the measures necessary to protect the instream resources. The final result of this planning effort, which also involves private, public, county, and federal agency coordination, will be the administrative rules designed to protect instream flow levels and minimize adverse impacts resulting from future water appropriations within the Puyallup River Basin.

    For the purpose of this program, instream resources are defined as fish, wildlife, recreation, navigation, water quality, scenic and aesthetic values, and other environmental factors. These resources are adversely affected by both natural and man-caused factors within the Puyallup Basin.

    As proposed under the draft WAC 173-510, South Prairie Creek, Kapowsin Creek, Kapowsin Lake, White River, and several other streams will be closed to further out-of-stream consumptive use. Minimum flows are established for both the Carbon and Puyallup rivers. Three control stations are designated within the program to monitor the flows of the Puyallup and Carbon rivers.

    NO EXISTING WATER RIGHTS WILL BE AFFECTED BY THE PUYALLUP RIVER BASIN INSTREAM RESOURCES PROTECTION PROGRAM.

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    I. PROGRAM OVERVIEW

    An overall program proposal and EIS document has been drafted and circulated to the public and governmental agencies. (Copies available from Department of Ecology (DOE), Olympia). The conceptual approach and technical procedures used to determine the flows required a determination of the number of control stations to be located in the stream system. Flow levels will be monitored at these control stations and future water rights will be conditioned to instream flows measured at the specific control stations on the Puyallup, White, and Carbon rivers. Where possible, United States Geological Survey (USGS) gaging stations have been selected as control stations, providing a historical record of streamflow. Where tributaries of a higher order (smaller in size) are too remote from control stations to adequately judge the effects of future water appropriations, provisions have been made to establish new control stations nearer to those streams upon need.

    Instream Flows

    State law provides that perennial streams and rivers shall be retained with base flows necessary to provide for preservation of wildlife, fish, navigation, scenic, aesthetic, and other environmental and navigational values. (RCW 90.54.020(3)(a) 1971). The state may also establish minimum water flows or levels for streams, lakes, or other public waters, for the purposes of protecting fish, game, birds or other wildlife resources, or recreational or aesthetic values (RCW 90.22.010). These are flows that can be expected in the stream a relatively high percentage of the time. Each stream selected for regulation is evaluated by the departments of Ecology, Fish, and Game. A stream having greater environmental and scenic values, will require higher levels of flow protection. The Instream Resources .Protection Program does not affect any existing water rights and uses.

    Public Participation

    All interested individuals, private groups, and public agencies are encouraged to comment on any aspect of the recommended measures for streams in the Puyallup River Basin. Distribution of the draft program document and proposed administrative rules initiated

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