Public Notice and Comment - Trust Water Rights Resulting from Donations

Trust Water Right Donations

The following letters have been sent by Ecology’s Regional Offices to notify water right holders that their water rights have been accepted into the Trust Water Rights Program.  These notices are only for water entering the Trust Water Rights Program as the result of donations.

In 2009 legislation was passed authorizing Ecology to use this website instead of newspapers for public notice for two types of trust water rights, donations and short term leases. The acceptance letters are posted on this webpage to meet the public notice requirement in RCW 90.42.040 (5) (c). “For a trust water right donation described in RCW 90.42.080 (1)(b), or for a trust water right lease described in RCW 90.42.080(8) that does not exceed five years, the department may post equivalent information on its web site to meet the notice requirements…”

A link to those notices is below.  If you would like to view the certificate, use the Water Resources Explorer  and enter the certificate number in the record number blank.  The public notice dates below, identify the date the notice is posted, and the date the notice will have met the required two week period.  The donation documents will continue to be posted for 30 additional days to accept comments.  A link to the comment form for each regional office is provided below.  Please follow the directions on the form and submit.  Your comments will be received and evaluated by a regional office staff member.

Appeal process

If you plan to appeal a Trust Water Right Donation you must follow the instructions that are provided in the acceptance letter.  A link to the acceptance letter is provided below.

Administrative orders and penalty notices issued by Ecology can be appealed to the Washington Pollution Control Hearing Board.  For more information read "Your Right to Be Heard"

Trust Water Donations

Public Notice Date Posted Public Notice End Date
(two weeks after date posted)
Comment Period
(30 days after end of two week public notice)
Trust Water Right Donation Public Notice County
November 8, 2017 November 22, 2017 December 22, 2017 Acceptance of Temporary Trust Water Donation CS3-*10783C for Harlon Ellingburg  to the Washington State Trust Water Rights Program. Acceptance letter sent October 27, 2017 Spokane
November 8, 2017 November 22, 2017 December 22, 2017 Acceptance of Temporary Trust Water Donation CG1-0*00671CA@2 for Cadman, Inc. to the Washington State Trust Water Rights Program. Acceptance letter sent November 6, 2017 Snohomish