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.


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be retimed to reach the river in late summer, the conserved water from these projects could be used to replace water withdrawn for new out-of-stream uses.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



Active/Priority Development

Adams, Franklin, Grant, and Lincoln Counties

Franklin Conservation District


Economic Benefits*
1 Job Added

Environmental Benefits
To be determined by study.

*Generated by the study.

How we calculate economic benefits.