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News from the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District

Welcome to our first enewsletter, and our new website is coming very soon. We're also pleased to present our new logo. We plan to use these tools to keep landowners, partners, and stakeholders informed. Stay tuned for more at www.ecbid.org.

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East Columbia Basin Irrigation District to begin filling East Low Canal

The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District will begin filling the East Low canal for the 2022 irrigation season on Wednesday, March 23. The East Low Canal serves the Moses Lake, Warden, and Othello areas of the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District and the Connell (Block 18) area of the South Columbia Basin Irrigation District.

Deliveries from the East Low Canal will begin on March 28. Deliveries to the East District’s Block 49, from the Potholes East Canal, will begin to be available March 21. Irrigation deliveries will be dependent upon the demand on individual lateral systems. Pump plants will also be started when orders are sufficient for start-up of the plants. Water users should contact their respective Watermaster headquarters in Moses Lake or Othello to contact their ditchrider to receive additional information and schedules.

OTHELLO WATERMASTER OFFICE

735 E Main St

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OFFICE HOURS

  • Monday through Friday: 7:00AM to 4:00PM
  • Saturdays, mid-March through Labor Day Weekend: 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

MOSES LAKE WATERMASTER OFFICE

514 S Buchanan St

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  • Monday through Friday: 7:00AM to 4:00PM
  • Saturdays, mid-March through Labor Day Weekend: 7:00AM to 4:00PM

Welcome Director Swinger

The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District is pleased to announce that Dennis Swinger, Jr. has joined the Board of Directors, serving Division 3. This area includes all of the District located in Lincoln County and that part of the District located in Adams County north of Providence Road. In addition, Don Osborne, Reid Baker, and Duaine Anderson were all re-elected to the Board. The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District is governed by a five-member Board of Directors responsible for guiding District operations and policies.

As Seen In Irrigation Leader Magazine

Anna Franz, attorney for the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District has been featured in the Washington State edition of Irrigation Leader magazine. The February issue focused on her deep roots and specialized expertise in water policy. She is a Partner at KenisonFranz in Moses Lake and has represented the District since 2011.

The article focused on Franz’s background in law and focus on municipal and water issues and policies. Raised on a family farm within the District’s service area, Franz has strong ties to the agriculture community served by the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District.

Read the full article.
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OGWRP Watershed Planning Funding Approved

We are excited to announce the Odessa Groundwater Replacement Program (OGWRP) has been approved and funded for watershed planning through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention Act (PL-566).  

The Odessa Groundwater Replacement Program will build on the State of Washington’s investments totaling more than $126 million and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s investments totaling more than $45 million since 2004 through development and early implementation of the OGWRP.  The East Columbia Basin Irrigation District (ECBID) has also sold $16.8 million of landowner-funded municipal bonds to fund the construction of OGWRP delivery facilities.

The Odessa Groundwater Replacement Program, sponsored by the ECBID, will bring more than $775,000 in federal funding through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This funding will help develop a watershed plan that will assist in the design and construction of the OGWRP’s remaining large infrastructure projects.

“This NRCS funding illustrates beautifully how we can partner to achieve sustainable water resource solutions for farmers, industries, communities, and the natural environment,” said Melissa Downes, Washington State Department of Ecology financial and projects section manager for the Office of Columbia River.

“The OGWRP represents a great opportunity to rescue an aquifer from decline by finding an alternative CBP water supply for existing withdrawals. This will secure more water for our local communities and ensure sustainable agricultural production that many of those same communities rely upon for their economic prosperity. It is fantastic to see our State Conservationist, Roylene Comes At Night, support this endeavor and to have USDA and NRCS agree with its value by including it in the IIJA investments. The boost that a watershed plan will bring to achieving our Program’s goals can’t be overstated” explained Craig Simpson, Secretary-Manager of the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District.

The next steps will be organizational and informational meetings with agencies and producers to develop the watershed planning process and to provide information on organization and producer participation. The meetings will be announced via the Odessa Watershed Program website and this newsletter that you are currently subscribed to.

“Close coordination will continue to be key,” said Harold Crose, Grant County Conservation District. “We fully intend to keep you informed on the watershed project every step of the way.”

Congratulations and thank you to all of the producers, partners, and elected officials who have worked diligently to reach this important milestone for the OGWRP and greater Columbia Basin.

Sincerely,

Craig Simpson, Secretary-Manager
East Columbia Basin Conservation District

Harold Crose, Resource Conservationist
Grant County Conservation District

The above announcement has been developed in coordination with NRCS, USBR, Dept. of Ecology, ECBID, and GCCD.

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