Certified Water Right Examiner Program

Gaining or Maintaining a Certification as a Certified Water Right Examiner

Ecology continues to accept applications for qualified persons to be certified as a water right examiner.

The Washington State Legislature created the Certified Water Right Examiner Program with the adoption of RCW 90.03.665 in 2010. Ecology was directed to certify qualified individuals as water right examiners to conduct proof examinations of perfected (fully developed) water right permits and change authorizations. Ecology adopted a rule, Chapter 173-165 WAC – Certified Water Right Examiners (CWRE) in 2012 to support implementation of the CWRE Program. This program expedites the final step for certifying perfected water rights.

The certified water right examiner is hired by a water right permit or change authorization holder to conduct a proof examination so that they may receive a water right certificate for their fully developed water right. Proof examinations involve review of the associated water right record and performing a field examination of the water withdrawal or diversion works, distribution or transfer system, and the actual water use or uses. The certified water right examiner then prepares a Proof Report of Examination and Recommendations to submit to Ecology for their review and decision-making.

Hiring a Certified Water Right Examiner

Water permit holders who have fully developed their water project can now take advantage of a new program that speeds up the final project review before receiving a water right certificate.

Certified Water Right Examiner List

If Ecology has instructed you to hire a certified water right examiner, you may select anyone from this list to perform your proof examination:

Certified Water Right Examiner Rule

Ecology completed rulemaking to adopt Chapter 173-165 WAC – Certified Water Right Examiners on November 28, 2012.  The rule took effect on December 29, 2012.

Contact

Rebecca Inman
Water Resources Program
rebecca.inman@ecy.wa.gov
360 407-6450
cwre@ecy.wa.gov