Issue Water Right Decisions

This page is being maintained as an archive of past information and will not be updated.

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.

Fiscal Year 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  The water right decision totals below do not include withdrawn applications.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
2012   2012  
July, August, September 46 48 94 July, August, September 49 96 145
October, November, December 76 32 108 October, November, December 82 141 223
2013       2013  
January, February March 96 20 116 January, February March 79 123 202
April, May, June 47 51 98 April, May, June 59 47 106


265 151 416


269 407 676

Fiscal Year 2012

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allow the counting of voluntary withdrawals), and the program has also worked on 171 applications that were voluntarily withdrawn by the applicant, resulting in a total of 860 water right applications being taken out of the pending application line in this fiscal year.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.