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.

Fiscal Year 2016

Process Pending Water Right Applications

The Legislature has requested that Ecology maintain an ongoing accounting of water right applications received and acted on and to post that information to Ecology’s Internet site.  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 2016.  The first quarter entry will be provided mid-October 2015.

The water right decision totals below include 2015 drought application decisions and do not include withdrawn applications.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 Drought Applications Total
2015 2015
July, August, September 88 63 151 July, August, September 33 24 34 91
October, November, December 57 41 98 October, November, December 38 44 1 83
2016 2016
January, February March 180 55 235 January, February March 99 209 0 308
April, May, June 57 48 105 April, May, June 75 96 0 171


382 207 589


245 373 35 653