1/24/13 - Governor Inslee Chooses Yakima River Basin Legislation As His First Governor's Request Bill
Today, Gov. Jay Inslee announced the submission of his first request bill to the legislature. The bill provides the mechanisms needed to implement the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan (Plan).
The Governor noted that the bill would create jobs and provide needed water for people, farms, and fish. The Yakima Basin currently contributes $3.2 billion to the state economy via farming and other agriculture-related businesses. The Plan will provide needed water to sustain that industry, Additionally, the Plan will help fish, including the restoration of what was once the largest sockeye run in the lower 48 states, by building fish passage and protecting and enhancing habitat.
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.
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