March 2015 - Delivering Water- As of January 1, 2015, the Department of Ecology‘s Office of Columbia River (OCR) has developed 375,815 acre-feet of new water supply at a cost of around $175 million dollars. That pencils out to about $465 per acre foot, an incredible bargain in a market where water typically sells for well over $1,500 per acre-foot.
How much water is that? 375,815 ac-ft of water is:
Additionally, OCR funded projects to improve nearly 90 miles of stream habitat for endangered and threatened runs of salmon, steelhead, and bull trout.
OCR also led innovative integrated water supply planning processes in the Yakima, Walla Walla, and Wenatchee basins to solve serious long-term regional water supply problems. These efforts proved to be so successful, the US Department of Interior is using them as a model for addressing water supply problems throughout the west.
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.
2011 Long Term Water Supply and Demand Forecast
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