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Comments are due by July 31, 2020.
1. We have heard concerns that out-of-basin transfers:
a. Negatively impact the social and economic wellbeing of communities;
b. Prohibit communities from ever getting the water back; and
c. Can be used by outside actors to profit from water rights.
Please discuss your specific concerns about out-of-basin transfers and explain what is driving them. If out-of-basin transfers don’t concern you, why not?
2. Most out-of-basin transfers benefit instream resources. Does this benefit outweigh some of the potential social costs?
3. The only public notification of a water right sale occurs with the application to change or transfer the water right. Is this a sufficient level of public notice? What would we gain by having more transparency? What would we lose? Is there a benefit to added transparency if the standard for review does not consider that information (under current statute, there is only a review for impairment)?
4. Though water is a public resource, the right to use water is privately-held. Should the State regulate the sale of water rights when they occur apart from the land? For example, should we restrict out-of-state entities from buying Washington water rights and putting them in the Trust Water Rights Program? Why or why not?