Water Conservancy Boards
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.
Review and comment on Conservancy Board Records of Decision with open comment periods
A Conservancy Board can serve a single watershed, multiple watersheds, a county, or multiple counties
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