Water Bank Feasibility Study

Spokane County, in conjunction with Stevens and Pend Oreille Counties, is evaluating the use of a water bank to address existing and potential regulatory constraints on existing and new water use, in Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 55, the Little Spokane Watershed, Little Spokane River

A water bank is an institutional mechanism that facilitates transfer of senior water rights between buyers and sellers. While individual parties can currently buy and sell water rights without a water bank, a water bank can reduce transaction costs and allow the distribution of one large water right to multiple small uses.
Little Spokane River
The feasibility study included seven (7) tasks:
  • Development of a Policy Advisory Group to guide and inform all aspects of the project
  • Evaluation of water bank structural and operational options
  • Evaluation of demand
  • Evaluation of supply
  • Market evaluation
  • Development of an operational framework
  • Development of a final report
The project was funded by a grant from the Department of Ecology.