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Public notices & comments

You're invited to review and comment on five types of water right decision documents; each is posted online for varying amounts of time:

  • Water right draft reports of examination
    • Posted for a 30-day comment period
  • Water conservancy boards' reports of decision
    • Posted for a 30-day comment period
  • Temporary trust water rights from donations
    • Posted for a 14-day public notice period and a 30-day comment period
  • Water budget neutral:
    • decisions — posted during the 30-day appeal process
    • draft reports of examination — posted for a 14-day comment period

You can share input with us by clicking the "comment" link in the tables below. Water budget neutral decisions should be appealed to the Pollution Control Hearings Board during the time they are posted.

Your input is valuable to our decision-making process.

Water right draft reports of examination

We post a copy of each draft water right report of examination for a 30-day comment period. You can view these posted draft documents using the regional office links below:

  • Central region: Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Kittitas, Klickitat, Okanogan, and Yakima counties
  • Eastern region: Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties
  • Northwest region: Island, King, Kitsap, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish, and Whatcom counties
  • Southwest region: Clallam, Clark, Cowlitz, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Mason, Lewis, Pacific, Pierce, Skamania, Thurston, and Wahkiakum counties

Water right and Water right change reports of examination — RSS, Draft reports of examination, final reports of examination, or extension letters

Water conservancy board records of decision

We post each water conservancy board record of decision for 30 days. You can review the document and you can provide your input by using the comment form linked on the table below. You can also submit a letter of concern or support to your Department of Ecology regional office within the 30-day period.

Posted 30 days Record of Decision Board name
Apr. 9 May 9
Comment
Change Application Record of Decision FRAN-17-16 for Horse Heaven Hills Conservancy, LLC., Received by Ecology on Apr. 9, 2018   Franklin
Mar. 30 Apr. 30
Comment
Change Application Record of Decision KITT-17-13 for for Nelson Gelbvieh Ranch, LLC.. Received by Ecology on Mar. 28, 2018 Kittitas
Mar. 30 Apr. 30
Comment
Change Application Record of Decision KITT-17-12 for for Nelson Gelbvieh Ranch, LLC.. Received by Ecology on Mar. 28, 2018 Kittitas
Mar. 30 Apr. 30
Comment
Change Application Record of Decision KITT-17-10 for for Nelson Gelbvieh Ranch, LLC.. Received by Ecology on Mar. 28, 2018 Kittitas
Mar. 30 Apr. 30
Comment
Change Application Record of Decision KITT-17-09 for E. James Nelson Family, LP.. Received by Ecology on Mar. 28, 2018 Kittitas
Mar. 30 Apr. 30
Comment
Change Application Record of Decision KITT-17-08 for E. James Nelson Family, LP.. Received by Ecology on Mar. 28, 2018 Kittitas

Trust water rights from donations

We send letters to notify water right holders that their temporary trust water right donations have been accepted into our Trust Water Rights Program. We post these letters for 14-day public notice and 30-day comment period. If you want to view the associated documents for each trust document posted, enter the record number in our Water Resources Explorer

You can review the document and you can provide your input by using the comment form linked on the table below. To appeal a decision, follow the instructions in the acceptance letter.

Public Notice Posted End of 14-day public notice End of 30-day
comment period
Trust Water Right Donation Public Notice County
Apr. 20 May 4 June 4
Comment
Acceptance of Temporary Trust Water Donation G3-25276C(A) for Darrin McCanna. Acceptance letter dated April 18, 2018. Stevens
Apr. 20 May 4 June 4
Comment
Acceptance of Temporary Trust Water Donation 2980-A(A) for Darrin McCanna. Acceptance letter dated April 18, 2018. Stevens
Apr. 20 May 4 June 4
Comment
Acceptance of Temporary Trust Water Donation 4606(A) for Darrin McCanna. Acceptance letter dated April 18, 2018. Stevens
Apr. 13 Apr. 27 May 27
Comment
Extension of Trust Water Donations CG4-23992(B)C and CG4-23992(C)C for Samra Farms, LLC.. Acceptance letter dated April 13, 2018 Okanogan
Apr. 13 Apr. 27 May 27
Comment
Extension of Temporary Trust Water Donation GWC 959-A for Mark Segale.  Acceptance letter dated Apr. 10, 2018 Grant
Apr. 13 Apr. 27 May 27
Comment
Acceptance of Temporary Trust Water Donation GWC 042370 for Mark Segale, Acceptance letter dated Apr. 10, 2018 Grant
Apr. 13 Apr. 27 May 27
Comment
Extension of Acceptance for Temporary Trust Donation S3-01092C for Spokane County Utilities Division. Acceptance letter dated Apr. 13, 2018 Spokane
 

Water budget neutral determinations & draft reports of examination

We notify applicants when we reach a final decision on their request for determination of water budget neutrality by mail. We post the decision letters for 30 days. 

Appeals to these decisions should be directed to the Pollution Control Hearings Board, follow the instructions provided in the acceptance letter. 

  • For more information on the appeal process, visit the Pollution Control Hearings Board's page on your right to be heard.
Posted 30 days Water Budget Neutral (WBN) Determination
Mar. 30 Apr. 30 Determination of Water Budget Neutrality determination G4-35962 for BCWR Water Bank. Determination letter sent  Mar. 29, 2018.

​We also post draft reports of examination for water budget neutral projects which require a water right permit for 14 days. Comments on those can be submitted by phone to our Central Regional Office: 509-575-2597.
 
Posted 14 days DRAFT report of examination
Apr. 12 Apr. 26 Draft report of examination G4-35922 for Terry, Gail and Tyler Oxley.
Comments: 509-575-2597
Apr. 12 Apr. 26 Draft report of examination G4-35921 for Tyler J. Oxley.
Comments: 509-575-2597
Apr. 10 Apr. 24 Draft report of examination G4-35935 for Christine Tison.
Comments: 509-575-2597
Apr. 6 Apr. 20 Draft report of examination G4-35932 for GA Scalzo, Inc.
Comments: 509-575-2597