10/29/13 - Kicking off the first construction project under the 30-year Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan
Within a few weeks of Governor Jay Inslee's signing of the bill providing initial funding for the Yakima Basin Integrated Water Plan, construction crews broke ground for the Plan's first construction project, the Manastash Creek Conservation and Tributary Enhancement Project.
By converting open ditches to pipe, the project delivers
irrigation to farmers more efficiently and puts 1,300 ac-ft of
water back into Manastash Creek, a creek that currently runs dry
Governor Inslee visited the project at the end of October and noted: “You know sometimes water projects have not been, shall we say, perfect in the West, because they’ve ignored one aspect of our culture or our values. This combines all of them, it’s jobs, it’s farms, it’s fish, it’s forest.”
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.
PROGRAM OVERVIEW: Learn more about why the Columbia River Program was established and what the Office Of Columbia River is working to achieve.
PROGRAM PRIORITIES: The Legislature set four major priorities for the program.
WATER SUPPLY PROJECTS AND FUNDING: OCR is developing dozens of projects across Eastern Washington.
OCR OPERATIONS: OCR's operations staff conduct tasks ranging from technical assistance and enforcement to metering supervision, public involvement, and voluntary regional agreements.
LEGISLATIVE REPORTS: Annual supply, quinquennial (every five years) demand forecast, Voluntary Regional Agreement, and other reports to the legislature.
WEB TOOLS: Web tools to help you drill down into Columbia River water resource data.
2013 Legislative Session
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