Aspect’s Dan Haller and Carl Einberger helped Spokane County (County) officials present on the relevance of the "Hirst" Decision to a packed public meeting on May 19th. Over 300 local residents showed up to hear the County and Aspect go over:
- The context that led up to the Hirst decision, including some understanding of the evolving interpretations of Washington State water rights law;
- The role of watershed planning and hydrogeology studies in the Little Spokane basin;
- Why the County has been proactively planning to implement a water bank; and
- How a water bank works.
As counties across the state continue to grapple with the implications of Hirst and what it means for property owners and developers in rural areas, Aspect expects public outreach efforts to continue to help guide the conversation over this evolving topic and legislation.