Washington State

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Attorney General

Bob Ferguson

AGLO 1979 NO. 42 >

(1) Under RCW 86.16.035 the State Department of Ecology is authorized, in its discretion, to promulgate rules regulating the times when (a) the owner or operator of a "flood control facility" or (b) the owner or operator of any dam or other "water flow control facility" may release impounded water or otherwise alter the stream flow if the released water or altered stream flow might create a danger to life or property downstream.

(2) Under the same statute the Department of Ecology is also authorized to promulgate regulations requiring the notification of persons downstream or the posting of signs prior to the release of impounded water or other alteration in the stream flow by (a) a flood control dam or (b) any dam or water flow control facility when such release or alteration might create a danger to life or property below the dam.

AGO 1958 NO. 200 >

The Washington Game Laws are applicable on the west side of the main channel of the Snake River, which is the boundary between Washington and Idaho.

AGO 1954 NO. 269 >

An unbranded log which has broken loose from private storage on a river and has floated down the river to be captured by a booming company is a stray log within the meaning of the log patrol act and the net proceeds of sale thereof escheat to the state pursuant to RCW 76.40.050.