Water Conservancy Boards


Rebecca Inman
Water Resources Program
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Information for Board Members

Last Update: October 12, 2017 

Recent Court Cases

The following information sources are specific to Water Conservancy boards, operations and processes.  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.

Online Training Modules

These video modules (YouTube) are available to support water conservancy board member training requirements.  Together they make up 9 hours of the 32-hour training required for new board members, and can be used by existing board members to fulfill all or part of their 8 hours of continuing education required each year.

WCB Overview, Process and Provision Samples

Water Conservancy Boards: Questions and Answers

Rules, Laws, Policy, Procedures, Guidance, and Case Law

Washington Water Law

State Auditor

Attorney General Opinion (AGO)

Case Law Summaries

Case Law

Open Government training curriculum

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)



Columbia River Treaty

Common terms, Definitions and Acronyms

Newspapers Approved for Publishing Public Notice by County

Search for Water Rights or Well Logs

Legal descriptions

Water Availability

State Auditor's BARS manuals

The State Auditor's Office is required by state law (RCW 43.09.200) to prescribe uniform budgeting, accounting, and reporting systems that local governments must follow.  The prescribed reporting requirements prepared by this Office are available in the GAAP and Cash-Basis Budgeting, Accounting, and Reporting System (BARS) manuals.  These manuals give local governments the standardized chart of accounts they must use to report their revenues, expenditures and expenses to the State Auditor's Office every year

State of Washington

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