Established in 2006 under Chapter 90.90 RCW, the Columbia River Water Management Program seeks to meet current and future water needs along the Columbia River and its tributaries. The Office of Columbia River (OCR) is charged with "aggressively pursuing" water solutions that meet water needs for families, industry, farms, ecosystems, and fish. OCR works to resolve conflicts over water and provide water security in the face of drought and changing climate.
OCR, in coordination with stakeholders, develops and implements a suite of water supply development projects that are vetted with the Columbia River Policy Advisory Group, a broad-based stakeholder group. Funding opportunities are available to federal, state, local, and tribal governments and quasi-government entities (i.e., irrigation districts and conservation districts).