Sullivan Lake Water Supply Project

Latest News...
11/22/11 - OCR Issues Sullivan Lake Permit --  OCR issued a record of examination (ROE) for a "secondary use" permit for the Sullivan Lake Water Supply Project today. The permit will allow water to be released from the lake to support streamflows and will allow OCR to begin issuing individual water rights in late 2012.
     Press Release
     Secondary Use Permit ROE
     Permitting Water from the Sullivan Lake Project

The Project

The Pend Oreille County Public Utility District will release 14,000 acre-feet of water each summer, when the water is needed most. The Office of Columbia River will issue water rights from ~9,400 of the 14,000 ac-ft of water supply OCR developed at Sullivan Lake. The 9,400 acre-feet will be split in half with 4,700 ac-ft going to new municipal/industrial and domestic water rights and 4,700 ac-feet allocated for all other types of water rights (i.e. irrigation, stockwater, etc).

The remainder will be used to enhance instream flows to benefit fish.

Under state law (Chapter 83, 2011 Laws), water developed from the Sullivan Lake Project may only be allocated to applicants in six northeastern Washington counties: Douglas, Ferry, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, and Stevens.

Please see "Permitting Water from the Sullivan Lake Project" for information about obtaining a water right via the Sullivan Lake Water Supply Project.

Opportunities

Potential water supply opportunities are scarce in northeast Washington. This project will help cities meet present and future demands.

Expected Outcomes

  • ~9,400 ac-ft of water will be made available for new water rights.
  • ~4,600 ac-ft of water will be put into Sullivan Creek and protected all the way to the Pacific Ocean.

More Information

 
  Location
 Pend Oreille County

Partner
Pend Oreille County Public Utility District

Cost
$14 Million

Economic Benefits*

  • $1.4 Billion Added to Tax Base
  • 1,483 Short run jobs in construction (occurring as construction of domestic, commercial are built)
  • 1,753 Long-run jobs in the rest of the economy

Environmental Benefits
4,667 of water ac-ft added to streamflows

*After municipalities fully allocate the water. 

How we calculate economic benefits.

Getting Water
How to apply for Sullivan Lake water.