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Comment period

Draft court claim forms

WRIA 1 (Nooksack) adjudication

Jan. 3, 2024 - March 2, 2024, 11:59 p.m.

We invite you to review and comment on the draft documents for the WRIA 1 Nooksack Basin adjudication.

Documents for review

Before finalizing the Small Use and Full-Length Court Claim Forms and accompanying instructions, we want your feedback.

How to comment

Please submit comments online, using the button below. You can also send your comments by mail. We are unable to accept comments by voicemail, phone conversation, or text message. 

We appreciate your willingness to share your insights to improve the process and to ensure the documents are in good shape prior to the spring filing. We will consider all feedback and incorporate changes as needed.

Please note:  For the comment period, please do not fill out the forms.    


The Department of Ecology is preparing for the Nooksack water right adjudication. Adjudication is needed to determine how much water is legally available for use and to secure water for long-term planning and instream flow protection.

RCW.90.03.140 (3) requires that we provide a 60 day comment period on the claim form.  In addition to inviting Tribes, local governments, and special purpose districts to submit comments, we also emailed interested parties such as the recipients of the Let's Talk about Adjudication e-newsletter. 

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Water Resources Program - Adjudications Unit
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
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Sheila Coughlan
Environmental Planner

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