Water Marketing in Washington—The Next Step?

by Donald Phelps, Collier & Wade - Livingstone, Associates Inc, Chelan, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Water Management in the '90s: A Time for Innovation


The state of Washington has been blessed with an abundance of water resources for its use, including the Columbia and Snake rivers, but with the listing of the Snake River Sockeye Salmon as an endangered species it must make some difficult decisions. One of these decisions is how much additional water can be appropriated from these river systems. Some streams are already over allocated during low flow years and the salmon recovery plan will make future appropriations even more difficult to obtain. Water marketing has never been prevalent in the state but as various interest groups compete for a shrinking resource it will become the primary source of obtaining water. This paper discusses how the state would benefit from the adoption of that portion of the ASCE Model State Water Code addressing water rights transfers.

Subject Headings: Water resources | Hydrologic models | Water supply systems | Water management | Marketing | Recycling | Resource management | Endangered species | Washington | United States

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