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.
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…”
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.
Focus on Trust Water Rights Program December 2012
Trust Water Program Workshops
Trust Water Right Agreements
Trust water agreements can be found in the table used for Tracking Washington Water Banks.
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