By Alice Day, Reporter
WNPA Olympia News Bureau
Olympia—Local communities could have more access to water if legislators succeed in implementing a new system of leasing surplus state-owned water rights.
Affected agencies include the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Department of Natural Resources and the Parks and Recreation Commission.
A bill proposed by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, would require state agencies to more clearly identify, hold and reassign unused water rights associated with agency-held land. Sen. Doug Erickson, R-Ferndale, is the bill's co-sponsor.