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2004 Report to the Legislature: Water Banking in Washington (Historical)

Publication number Date Published
04-11-030December 2004
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Author(s) Peggy Clifford
Description The Department of Ecology (Ecology) was authorized by the legislature to use water banking in the Yakima River Basin to meet water supply needs. A work group was formed to assist in the design of a water bank. A written report covers the decisions and recommendations of the work group. Ecology and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) drafted a memorandum of agreement (MOA) to govern the operation of the proposed bank. However, the MOA is not yet final, and as a result, a formal system of water banking has yet to be implemented in the Yakima River Basin. Ecology hopes to have a final MOA in early 2005, and to then establish the Yakima Water Exchange.
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Keywords water buying, water marketing, water exchange, legislative report, water banking
WEB PAGE Washington Water Acquisition Program
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Areas
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2006 Report to the Legislature: Water Banking in Washington State