In 2006, the Legislature established the Columbia River Water Supply Development Account (Account) to fund water storage and conservation projects and studies. Initially, as a grant program was being developed, Ecology provided continuing funding for projects that had started prior to the Columbia River legislation (such as studies evaluating off-channel storage on the Columbia River Mainstem, studies to supply the Odessa Subarea with surface water). Ecology also committed funding to emerging storage and conservation opportunities, such as a pilot aquifer storage project for the City of Kennewick, pre-appraisal of storage on the Similkameen River (Shanker's Bend) and a study evaluating opportunities for coordinated conservation among the three Columbia Basin Irrigation Districts.
In October 2007, Ecology began accepting pre-applications for its first annual Columbia River Basin Water Management Grant Program. Successful applicants will be awarded grants funded by the Account.
Dept of Ecology Water Resources Program
PO Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600
Or your local Washington State conservation district.
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