Quad Cities/Ecology Cooperative Agreement
On December 12, 2011, the Office of Columbia River entered into an agreement with City of Kennewick, City of Pasco, City of Richland, and City of West Richland (Quad Cities) to secure water for new domestic, municipal and industrial growth in the region.
Over 4,000 acre-feet of water from the Lake Roosevelt Incremental Storage Releases Project will be delivered to the Quad Cities. The agreement ends a decade of legal disputes by resolving uncertainty in a 2003 settlement agreement.
Download or view the Ecology/Quad Cities Cooperative Agreement (2011 MOA)
Based on how municipal/industrial water has been allocated in the Quad Cities in the past, the additional water supply is expected to generate:
Without the agreement, the Quad
Cities permit is interruptible under the
Federal Columbia River Power System Biological Opinion
(commonly referred to as the BiOp).
requires OCR to find "new uninterruptible supply of water for
the holders of interruptible water rights on the Columbia river mainstem that are subject to instream flows
or other mitigation
conditions to protect stream flows..."
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