We are implementing projects to meet current and future water needs in the Columbia River Basin. By ensuring the region is prepared to respond to droughts, our work supports growing communities, the agricultural economy, endangered fish, and the natural environment. Sustainable solutions in our watersheds are critical to securing a healthy planet for future generations. Projects are funded through our Office of Columbia River water development account.
Development account targets legislative directives
The Columbia River Basin Development Account provides funding to assess, plan, and develop new storage, improve or alter operations of existing storage facilities, implement conservation projects, develop pump exchanges, or any other actions designed to provide access to new water supplies for both instream and out-of-stream benefits across Eastern Washington.
This work addresses priorities outlined by the Legislature, specifically to:
- Deliver replacement water to Odessa subarea farmers, who now rely on a declining aquifer.
- Make water available for current municipal, domestic, industrial, and irrigation needs — especially during drought — and develop water to respond to future needs and climate change, and
- Assure water is available to benefit streamflows and habitat when fish need it most.