Celebrating a decade of work protecting our water
Are we water resilient? In the last decade we’ve developed 400,000 acre-feet of water for families, farmers and fish in Eastern Washington.
Since 2006, the Office of Columbia River has been building water resiliency in Eastern Washington, especially in response to changing climate and drought.
We’re delivering on the promises made when the state’s Columbia River Water Management program was established by the Legislature 10 years ago to pursue water solutions for farmers, growing communities and to benefit endangered salmon and the natural environment.
For decades, peaceful water solutions seemed like a remote possibility due to the prospect of drought, endangered species listings, new water-right moratoriums and declining aquifers.
Today, through innovative partnerships, we’ve developed more than 400,000 acre-feet of water in Eastern Washington. This includes:
This work supports a $1.5 billion agricultural industry, protects an aquifer that has dropped as much as 200 feet since 1980, and supports endangered fish in key basins along 80 miles of river.
There’s more to be done. Together with our partners we’re continuing to secure the infrastructure and funding needed to develop integrated water solutions now and in the face of climate change to assure sustainable water supplies for our growing communities, rural economies, and natural environment.
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.
Ecology is considering legislation that clarifies uncertainties brought about by recent court decisions. This will allow the state to issue permits more efficiently. Ecology is seeking stakeholder views and input for the bill. Please send comments to OCR@ecy.wa.gov
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