Columbia Basin Irrigation Districts Piping Project

The Project

OCR is partnering with  the East, South, and Quincy irrigation districts (IDs) to pipe and line their water delivery systems. The water saved by these infrastructure improvements will be delivered to the Odessa subarea, where declining aquifers are endangering farmers' ability to irrigate their crops.

The three IDs and OCR jointly agreed to prepare a Coordinated Water Conservation Plan (Plan). The Plan identifies water conservation projects that allow additional acreage to be served without impacting the Columbia River or disrupting the water supply to existing acreage.

The project began in 2009 and was renewed in 2010, 2011, and 2012. It has provided 18,267 ac-ft of water savings, freeing up enough water to irrigate almost 6,100 acres of land.

2009      
Irrigation District Type Length (ft) AF/year saved
East District (photos) Pipe 17,140 1,973
South District (photos) Pipe 8,821 337
Quincy District (photos) Lining 1,500 211
Totals 27,461 2,521

2010      
Irrigation District Type Length (ft) AF/year saved
East District (photos) Pipe 16,078 977.3
South District (photos) Pipe 29,450 1,054.1
Quincy District (photos) Pipe 8,860 898
Totals 54,388 2,929.4

2011      
Irrigation District Type Length (ft) AF/year saved
East District Pipe 33,900 1,928.5
South District Pipe/Lining 25,889 2,408.9
Quincy District Pipe/Lining 18,180 2,139
Totals 77,969 6,476.40

2012      
Irrigation District Type Length (ft) AF/year saved
East District Pipe 44,5331,688.5
South District Pipe/Lining 32,9293,107
Quincy District Pipe/Lining 17,0101,545
Totals 94,472 6,340.50

Opportunities

The project allows OCR to begin replacing some groundwater water rights with surface water rights in the Odessa Subarea, immediately, as a more far-reaching water supply solution is developed.

Expected Outcomes

  • Provides surface water to move Odessa Subarea farmers from a declining groundwater supply to a more reliable surface water supply.
 
  Location
 Columbia Basin

Partners
East Columbia Basin Irrigation District
Quincy-Columbia Basin Irrigation District
South Columbia Basin Irrigation District

Cost
$1 Million (2009)
$2 Million (2010)

$3 Million (2011)

Economic Benefits*
$12 Million to local economy
80 Jobs

*As a result of construction funding.
 

How we calculate economic benefits.