Franklin/Grant Conservation Districts Irrigation Water Management Study

The Project

The grant funds a study to document and develop a program to retime water conserved by irrigation water management projects so that it reaches the Columbia River in late summer when streamflows are at their lowest.

Opportunities

If the study determines that return flows can be retimed to reach the river in late summer, the conserved water from these projects could be used to replace water withdrawn for new out-of-stream uses.

Legal Issues

One of the goals of this grant was to study legal issues associated with implementing Irrigation Water Management as a mechanism for providing net water savings for new water rights.  The grant recipient had the following legal opinion and analysis prepared to address this issue.

 

IWM Legal Memo

More Information

 

 

 
  Status
Active/Priority Development

Location
Adams, Franklin, Grant, and Lincoln Counties

Partner
Franklin Conservation District

Cost
$78,000

Economic Benefits*
$150,000
1 Job Added

Environmental Benefits
To be determined by study.

*Generated by the study.

How we calculate economic benefits.