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To ensure that Ecology meets and/or exceeds the goal established by the State Legislature for water right decisions, Ecology has prioritized water rights processing. As a result, Ecology staff have needed to reprioritize and temporarily defer some work in other water rights categories including permit management, plan review, seasonal changes, enforcement, and technical assistance. Ecology is engaged in a process to continue to improve efficiencies in water rights processing and permit management.
Focus on water right decisions 2011-15 - Ecology exceeds legislative goal for water right decisions in 2011-12, expects another 500 decisions in fiscal 2013.
The following two tables are provided to track the number of applications that have been received and the decisions made by quarter in fiscal year 2013. The water right decision totals below do not include withdrawn applications.
Water Right Applications Received
Water Right Decisions Made
|Month Year||Change Applications||New Applications||Total||Month Year||Change Applications||New Applications||Total|
|July, August, September||46||48||94||July, August, September||49||96||145|
|October, November, December||76||32||108||October, November, December||82||141||223|
|January, February March||96||20||116||January, February March||79||123||202|
|April, May, June||47||51||98||April, May, June||59||47||106|
In fiscal year 2012, Water Resources Program staff made 689 water rights decisions (per the amended budget proviso that does not allow the counting of voluntary withdrawals), and the program has also worked on 171 applications that were voluntarily withdrawn by the applicant, resulting in a total of 860 water right applications being taken out of the pending application line in this fiscal year. During that same time period Ecology received 400 applications.
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