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Water Resources

Water Conservancy Boards

General Information

Water conservancy boards (boards) allow for the processing of water-right transfer applications at the local level.  They also issue records of decision.  Boards were established in RCW 90.80 as an alternative to the conventional application process, to provide timelier water right change decisions.  All board decisions are ultimately reviewed and affirmed, reversed or modified by Ecology.

A board can serve a single watershed, multiple watersheds, a county, or multiple counties.  Once established, a board operates as a separate unit of local government.

Each board consists of three or five commissioners with up to two alternates.  All board commissioners and alternates must initially receive 32 hours of training from Ecology, and maintain 8 hours per year of continuing education after that.

There are currently 17 water conservancy boards operating in Washington: 15 on the East side and 2 on the West side.  See the contact list for the boards and board fees.  Three boards have websites: Chelan, Spokane and Thurston.

Adams
Benton
Chelan
Douglas
Franklin
Grant
Kittitas
Klickitat
Lewis
Lincoln
Okanogan
Spokane
Stevens
Thurston
Walla Walla
Whitman
Yakima

More Information

Contact

Julia McHugh
Department of Ecology Central Regional Office
Phone: (509) 575-2382
E-mail: jmch461@ecy.wa.gov

Board Forms

Records of Decision

Review and comment on Conservancy Board Records of Decision with open comment periods

Contact List and Fees

A Conservancy Board can serve a single watershed, multiple watersheds, a county, or multiple counties