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2010 Report to the Legislature: Water Banking in Washington State (Historical)

Publication number Date Published
11-11-072June 2011
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Author(s) Peggy Clifford
Description The law requires Ecology to report on water banking to appropriate legislative committees by December 31 of every even numbered year. RCW 90.42.130 states:
(1) The department shall seek input from agricultural organizations, federal agencies, tribal governments, local governments, watershed groups, conservation groups, and developers on water banking, including water banking procedures and identification of areas in Washington state where water banking could assist in providing water supplies for instream and out-of-stream uses. The department shall summarize any comments received on water banking and submit a report, including any recommendations, to the appropriate committees of the legislature for their consideration in the subsequent legislative session.

(2) By December 31st of every even-numbered year, the department shall submit a report to the appropriate committees of the legislature on water banking activities authorized under RCW 90.42.100. The report shall:
(a) Evaluate the effectiveness of water banking in meeting the policies and objectives of this chapter
(b) Describe any statutory, regulatory, or other impediments to water banking in other areas of the state; and
(c) Identify other basins or regions that may benefit from authorization for the department to use the trust water [rights] program for water banking purposes.

This is the fourth such report.
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Keywords water banking, watershed, mitigation
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Areas
(WRIA 01,WRIA 11,WRIA 13,WRIA 17,WRIA 18,WRIA 22,WRIA 23,WRIA 25,WRIA 26,WRIA 27,WRIA 28,WRIA 30,WRIA 31,WRIA 32,WRIA 34,WRIA 35,WRIA 37,WRIA 38,WRIA 39,WRIA 45,WRIA 46,WRIA 48,WRIA 59)