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Focus on Alternatives for Water Right Application Processing

Publication number Date Published
11-11-067February 2011
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Author(s) Janet Rajala
Description Beginning in 1997, the legislature enacted laws aimed at reducing the water right application backlog. In addition, a Supreme Court case (Hillis v. Ecology) confirmed Ecology’s ability to prioritize some applications through rule making. In 2001, the legislature amended the Water Code, Chapter 90.03 RCW to make "two separate lines" for new and change applications. However, most new laws allow applicants to choose a new "line" for faster service. This document explains those options.
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Keywords Water Rights
WEB PAGE Hillis Rule Amendment: Chapter 173-152 WAC - Water Rights
WATERSHED Water Resource Inventory Area CR Columbia River