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White House Water Summit - Two projects that promote long-term water security in the state of Washington were highlighted  during the White House Water Summit in conjunction with United Nations World Water Day on march 22, 2016.
   Projects in the Yakima and Methow river basins led by the Washington Ecology Department’s Office of Columbia River are being touted as being in line with the President’s water sustainability goals to promote water solutions in the United States.
   The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan is spotlighted in a report by the Family Farm Alliance as a case-study for finding creative water solutions that support better management of water for both economic purposes and environmental benefits. Kittitas Reclamation District manager Urban Eberhart is participating on behalf of the integrated plan.
   The Methow Instream Flow Improvement Project (funded by Ecology in partnership with Trout Unlimited) is highlighted as a project that invests in updating aging water infrastructure, improves streamflows for imperiled salmon and steelhead, and provides the Town of Twisp and irrigators with a more reliable water supply.

White House Water Summit Documents and Related Water Info:

The Office of Columbia River (OCR) aggressively pursues development of water supplies to benefit both instream and out-of-stream uses. OCR does so by funding and coordinating storage, conservation, and transmission projects.

OverviewPROGRAM OVERVIEW: Learn more about why the Columbia River Program was established and what the Office Of Columbia River is working to achieve.

Priorities PROGRAM PRIORITIES: The Legislature set four major priorities for the program.

Projects and Funding WATER SUPPLY PROJECTS AND FUNDING: OCR is developing dozens of projects across Eastern Washington.

OverviewOCR OPERATIONS: OCR's operations staff conduct tasks ranging from technical assistance and enforcement to metering supervision, public involvement, and voluntary regional agreements.

Lake Roosevelt Incremental Storage ReleasesLEGISLATIVE REPORTS: Annual supply, quinquennial (every five years) demand forecast, Voluntary Regional Agreement, and other reports to the legislature.


Lake Roosevelt Incremental Storage ReleasesWEB TOOLS: Web tools to help you drill down into Columbia River water resource data.


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