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Trust Water Rights Program

The Washington State Trust Water Rights program provides a way to legally hold water rights for future uses without the water right relinquishing.  Water is held in trust to benefit groundwater and instream flows, and other beneficial uses.  While water is held in trust it retains its original priority date.

If you are a water right holder and have all or part of a water right that you are currently not using, consider the advantages of the Trust Water Rights Program. You can use the Program on a temporary or permanent basis, and your water is protected while benefiting people and the environment.

Two statutes govern Trust Water:

The Trust Water Rights Program is used to implement the Water Acquisition Program and for holding water for Water Banking activities.

Form

Public Notice and Comment

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.

RCW 90.42.040 (5) (c) reads “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…”

Donations

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 letters are only for water entering the trust water rights program as the result of donations, and are posted to provide public notice of those donations.

Short Term Leases

Public notices have been prepared by Ecology’s Regional Offices to notify the public that water rights are being processed into the Trust Water Rights Program.  These notices are only for water entering the Trust Water Rights Program as the result of Short-term Leases.

Contacts

Central Regional Office
Kelsey Collins (Lead)
Department of Ecology
1250 W. Alder Street
Union Gap,  WA 98903-0009
509-575-2640
Kelsey.Collins@ecy.wa.gov
  Northwest Regional Office
Buck Smith
Department of Ecology
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue WA 98008
425-649-7147
Buck.Smith@ecy.wa.gov
Southwest Regional Office
Mike Gallagher
Department of Ecology
PO Box 47775
Olympia WA 98504
360-407-0238
Mike.Gallagher@ecy.wa.gov
  Eastern Regional Office
Ying Fu
Department of Ecology
4601 N. Monroe St.
Spokane, WA 99205
509-329-3451
Ying.Fu@ecy.wa.gov
Central Regional Office
Scott Turner
Department of Ecology
15 W Yakima Ave, #200
Yakima WA 98902
509-457-7106
Scott.Turner@ecy.wa.gov
  Office of Columbia River
Patricia Kirk
Department of Ecology
15 W Yakima Ave, #200
Yakima WA 98902
509-249-6299
Patricia.Kirk@ecy.wa.gov


Public Notice and Comment Form - Trust Water Rights Resulting from Donations

Public Notice and Comment Form - Trust Water Rights Resulting from Short-term Leases

Focus on Trust Water Rights Program  December 2012

Focus on Water Banking

Guidance for Trust Water Rights

Trust Water Program Workshops

Workshop materials

Trust Water Right Agreements

Trust water agreements can be found in the table used for Tracking Washington Water Banks.