Public Comment Form

WRIA 1 Nooksack Basin Claim Forms Comment Period

Starting in Spring 2024, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) will send a summons via certified mail to people on record who have a water right document or own a parcel outside a water service area. The mailing will include instructions and two forms. Recipients are required to fill out one of two forms based on their water usage: the Small Use Court Claim Form or the Full-length Court Claim Form. The instructions will be used for both forms.


To review the claim forms and instructions, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the review documents button or see them on this site: DRAFT WRIA 1 Nooksack area adjudication claim forms for comment period.


Before finalizing the forms and instructions, we are holding a 60-day comment period as required by RCW 90.03.140(3) to receive feedback to improve the process and ensure the documents are in good shape prior to the spring filing.


While we welcome all comments about the forms and instructions, we are particularly interested in knowing: 

  • Are the instructions clear and easy to follow?
  • Is there anything that can be added to the instructions to make it more helpful?
  • Are there questions on the claim forms that you found confusing or difficult to understand?


After the comment period ends, we will review all feedback received and incorporate changes as needed. 



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Please note that this comment form is for the purpose of submitting a comment to the Washington State Department of Ecology. Contact information is only necessary if you want to receive future notices or responses related to this topic.


Comments are due by March 2, 2024.


To make a comment, please enter comment(s) in the text area. To submit attachments use the "Upload a file" button below. Then hit "Continue" to review your comment(s). To submit comments for a group please visit our Commenting Tips webpage.


Go to our website to learn more about the WRIA 1 adjudication. If you have any questions, email us at WRadjudications@ecy.wa.gov or leave a message at (360) 255-4406 and we’ll call you back. Claim forms and instructions feedback welcome.

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