Office of Columbia River Overview
In 2006, the Legislature tasked the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) to aggressively seek out new water supplies for both instream and out-of-stream uses. The same legislation set up the Columbia River Basin Development Account and authorized $200 million to fund it. Ecology created the Office of Columbia River (OCR) to use these funds to develop new water supplies using storage, conservation, and voluntary regional water management agreements.
The Columbia River Policy Advisory Group assists OCR with policy development. It is composed of representatives from federal, state, local, and tribal governments, business and environmental groups, and water users.
The legislature tasked OCR with six directives (Chapter 90.90 RCW):
As of January 1, 2016, OCR has added almost 376,000 ac-ft of water to Eastern Washington’s water supply at a cost of $506 per ac-ft (water typically costs thousands of dollars more per acre ft) Another 320,000 ac-ft of water will be made available in the near term. More water is under long-term development tied to future demand projections.
Statute, Rule, and History
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