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Managing our Water

Columbia River

Managing our water is one of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century.

Clean, abundant water was once taken for granted in Washington state as a free, unlimited resource. Today, after more than a century of dramatic population growth and climate change we know our water resources are not unlimited and certainly not free.

Population growth and associated development increase the demand for clean, abundant water and increase pollution problems.

Ecology’s water programs are working closely with Washington communities to clean up and protect water quality in Washington. They also work to ensure the state has clean, adequate water supplies that meet current and future drinking water needs, commercial and agricultural uses, and to sustain fish and the natural environment.

We remain committed to protecting and enhancing the quantity and quality of our water resources even in challenging economic times. Ecology embraces local partnerships and citizen involvement in our efforts to ensure a water smart future in the 21st Century.

WATER SUPPLY

Water Supply Info | Water Rights | Water Market | Instream Flows | Floodplain Management | Dam Safety | Water Conservation | More...

POLLUTION ISSUES

Nonpoint Pollution | Point Source Pollution | Stormwater | Preventing Oil Spills | More...

PROTECTING OUR WATER

Watershed Management Information by Watershed | Assessments and Improvement Projects (303[d]s and TMDLs) | Ground and Surface Water Quality Standards | Success Stories | Point Source/Permits | More...

MONITORING AND MEASURING

Metering Water Use | Groundwater Assessment | More...

Washington Waters - Ours To Protect

East Fork, Lewis River

OFFICE OF COLUMBIA RIVER

Managing instream and out-of-stream water uses in the Columbia River Basin

OCEAN ACIDIFICATION

WATER SUPPLY INFORMATION

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT

WATER MARKETS

YAKIMA RIVER BASIN

DUNGENESS WATER MANAGEMENT

SKAGIT BASIN WATER SOLUTIONS

SPOKANE RIVER

URBAN WATERS INITIATIVE

CONTROL OF TOXIC CHEMICALS IN PUGET SOUND