In December 2019, we partnered with Chelan County to initiate a Lake Chelan Coordinated Cost Reimbursement Program in order to process pending water right applications from the Lake Chelan Reserve. Under the program, applicants may acquire a water right permit by sharing costs with other applicants to process their applications.
The Lake Chelan Basin has a finite reserve of water to allocate. Processing applications under both of the following options will continue until all of the pending applications have been processed and the “reserve” water is used up.
We have contracted with a consultant to investigate the applications and develop the Reports of Examination and subsequent water right permits. Applicants must pay for the cost of the consultant to manage and do the work.
Applicants seeking water for domestic use may elect instead to be processed under a program through Chelan County at a later date. If so, their application would remain on file with us and retain its place in line.
Although this is projected to be a less expensive option, Chelan County doesn’t expect to start processing applications until late 2021; only domestic uses are eligible.