March 18, 1961
TO: DONALD R. FEASTER, Executive Director
FROM: ROBERT R. ATCHISON, Public Information Officer
RE: West Coast Regional Water Supply Authority Meeting, March 16. 1981
The primary topic of discussion at the Authority's meeting was the proposed
state water policy. The general feeling of all Board members was that the
proposed rule wasn't a policy at all but rather a regulation. There was a
unanimous feeling that policy should come from the legislature, not DER.
Gene Heath reviewed the most recent draft. Selected comments were as follows:
Dale Twachtmann paragraph (c) on page 7 could prevent Southwest
from ever constructing any rore Works of the District projects.
Paragraph (3), page 10, would give DER a "lever" on the districts.
Ed de la Parte DER has been successfully challenged in the past
for the inadequacy of its economic Impact studies. He expects
this one will be better for that reason, although he hasn't
seen it yet.
Once the policy is adopted, DER will participate as a party in
the District's rule-making process. If DER doesn't like what
the Governing Board: approves, it would appeal to the Governor
and Cabinet. However, Ed indicated DER doesn't want to get
involved directly in the permitting process. Comtissioner
Doyle suggested DER may want to use the districts as "hit
Cowissioner Rainey suggested the proposed policy be appealed now, however.
there was little consensus for the idea. Ed indicated the proper time to
challenge the policy would occur when the District changes a rule which
impacts someone else, citing the policy as its reason for the change. He
said challenging th policy at this point Bight be construed as being
Dale said that it's much better to deal with Southwest than DER, and Mayor
Freeman and Coaavssioner Rairney concurred.
Gene ieath and Ed de la Parte will be present at the next hearing, as
apparentTy will John Allen and possibly Conwcssioner Ralney.
'* cc; Governing Board Members L. H. Holtkarp ,
H. P. Stoker W. T. Alice
J. R. Wehle L. h. Blain 7
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