Case Summary Citation
Whatcom County v. Hirst, et al, 186 Wash.2d 648, 381 P.3d 1 (Wash. 2016).
Upending decades of common practice in water management and building in the state of Washington, the Washington Supreme Court found Whatcom County violated the state’s Growth Management Act. Whatcom County used the Department of Ecology’s Nooksack Rule in evaluating permits for buildings and subdivisions that rely on permit-exempt wells. This decision affects families across the state of Washington.