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In 1997 the Legislature authorized creation of water conservancy boards under Chapter 90.80 RCW (Water Conservancy Boards) to enable the processing of water-right transfer and change applications at the local level. This legislation allows counties to establish water conservancy boards as independent units of local government through resolution of the county or counties that it serves and approval by the Department of Ecology. All water conservancy board decisions are ultimately reviewed and affirmed, reversed, or modified by Ecology.

The Spokane County Water Conservancy Board consists of five commissioners. All board commissioners must receive training from the Department of Ecology before participating in any decision on a water-right transfer application. A water conservancy board can serve a single watershed, multiple watersheds, a county, or multiple counties. There are currently 20 water conservancy boards operating in Washington.

Meeting Place:

Modern Electric Water Co.

904 N. Pines Rd.  Spokane Valley, WA.  99206

Meeting Schedule:

Every 4th Monday of the month at 4 p.m.

Board Members:

Doug Rider, Chair

Craig Schwyn

Bryan St.Clair

George Schlender

Stan Schultz

Toni Taylor

for information:


PO Box 13496

Spokane Valley, WA