Water Conservancy Board

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 Chelan County Water Conservancy Board consists of three 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.

2016 Meetings

The Chelan County Water Conservancy Board meets the 2nd Thursday of every month at 3:00pm (unless otherwise posted) at:


Confluence Technology Center (CTC)
285 Technology Center Way
Wenatchee, Washington 98801

Executive Board Room


2016 Meeting Dates and Times:


January 14, 2016               3:00 PM

February 18, 2016            3:00 PM

March 10, 2016                  3:00 PM

April 14, 2016                     3:00 PM

May 12, 2016                      3:00 PM

June 9, 2016                       3:00 PM

July 14, 2016                       3:00 PM

August 11, 2016                3:00 PM

September 8, 2016          3:00 PM

October 14, 2016              3:00 PM

November 10, 2016         3:00 PM

December 8, 2016            3:00 PM


Meeting Minutes

Chelan County Water Conservancy Board Members


Don Phelps, P.E.

Water Resources Engineer

Board Members:

Karin Whitehall

Herb Gardner

To receive an Application for Change of Water Right, please contact Lisa de Vera at ldevera@nwi.net or via cell phone at 509-860-7466