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2008 Report to the Legislature: Water Banking in Washington State (Historical)

Publication number Date Published
09-11-024November 2009
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Author(s) Peggy Clifford
Description Washington State has had specific statutory authority to perform water banking since July of 2003 through House Bill 1640. It authorized the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) to use the trust water rights program in the Yakima River Basin for water banking purposes.

The legislation requires Ecology to report on water banking to appropriate legislative committees by December 31 of every even numbered year. The report must:

- Evaluate the effectiveness of water banking under the law.

- Describe statutory, regulatory, or other impediments to water banking in the state.

- Make recommendations for future efforts.

Ecology filed the first report on December 31, 2004, and the second on December 31, 2006. This is the third report. Due to staff focus on the coordination of water banking legislation efforts up to and during the 2009 session, this report was published late. While we are disappointed that we did not meet the deadline, we believe that it is an asset to this report to be able to include the highlights of the new law.
The mission of the Department of Ecology is to protect, preserve, and enhance Washington’s environment. To help us meet that goal, please consider the environment before you print or request a copy.

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