Water Conservancy Board seeks volunteers

The Lewis County Water Conservancy Board is seeking volunteers to fill three vacancies, one of which requires certificated water right ownership within Lewis County.

The Water Conservancy Board, which was established by RCW 90.80, processes water-rights applications at the local level. The board works closely with water-rights applicants and the Department of Ecology to make recommendations regarding applications. Each new board member must attend Ecology’s four-day (32 hours) training event in the fall and then receive eight hours of continuing education annually to continue to meet state standards. All training is paid for by the Water Conservancy Board.

The board has three vacancies to fill: one is for is a regular position that must be filled by a water right holder who diverts or withdraws water for use within Lewis County, and the two others are for alternate positions (the alternates do not have to hold water rights).

Application materials

Please click here for the application.

Please click here for a sample letter of interest.

To apply

Residents interested in serving on the board are asked to submit an application, a letter of interest and a brief resume by mail to the following:

Lewis County Water Conservancy Board

Attn. New Board Member

P.O. Box 1345

Chehalis, WA 98532

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, to be considered. Please note that Water Conservancy Board members cannot be affiliated with any municipal organization.

For information about the board, please visit the Department of Ecology’s website at https://ecology.wa.gov/Water-Shorelines/Water-supply/Water-rights/Water-conservancy-boards.

For questions about the vacant positions, please contact board member Leland Rakoz via email at lcwcb-rakoz@outlook.com.

Posted: July 06, 2022