Spokane River Watersheds

Watershed Planning & Implementation for WRIAs 54, 55, 56, & 57

WRIA 55-57 Current Projects

Little Spokane 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.

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.

The feasibility study includes 7 tasks:

  1. Development of a Policy Advisory Group to guide and inform all aspects of the project.
  2. Evaluation of water bank structural and operational options.
  3. Evaluation of demand.
  4. Evaluation of supply.
  5. Market evaluation.
  6. Development of an operational framework
  7. Development of a final report.

The project is funded by a grant from the Department of Ecology.

Project Documents