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OGWRP

OGWRP

The State of Washington has invested at least $126,400,000 in the Odessa Groundwater Replacement Program (OGWRP). State contributions include:

  • Lake Roosevelt Incremental Storage Releases Program (LRISRP)- $6,500,000

  • PA) Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.
  • Technical support to Bureau of Reclamation for National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact.
  •  Joined Bureau of Reclamation defending lawsuits in federal court on adequacy of SEPA and NEPA.
  •  Issued two secondary use water rights to Bureau of Reclamation.
  • 25,000 acre feet of municipal and industrial water and 12,500 acre-feet of instream flow water for state use.
  • 30,000 acre-feet of Odessa Ground Water Replacement water and 15,000 acre-feet of instream flow water by Bureau of Reclamation
  • Negotiated municipal and industrial water service contract with Bureau of Reclamation, issued state water rights to individual users/ municipal suppliers.
  • Contracted construction of East Low Canal Weber Branch Siphon and Weber Coulee Siphon/I-90 crossing.
  • Mitigation at Lake Roosevelt in conjunction with National Parks Service.
  • Conducted East Low Canal LRISRP widening from I-90 to Lind Coulee Wasteway.

  • Potholes Supplemental Feed Route - $13,900,000

  • Alongside Bureau of Reclamation, prepared NEPA Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact followed by the SEPA Assessment on use of Crab Creek to convey feed water from Banks Lake to Potholes Reservoir.
  • Expanded crossing of Frenchman Hills Wasteway for passage of additional 25,000 acre-feet.
  • Prepared SEPA checklist and Mitigated Determination of Non-Significance addressing Road 16 Bridge (Grant Co.), Pinto Dam outlet reconstruction, and Crab Creek impacts.
  • Funded land acquisitions for Crab Creek Conveyance Route (which facilitated transfer of 126,000 acre-feet of feed water from East Low Canal to Crab Creek) .
  • Mitigation with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for northern leopard frog habitat enhancements, along with carp and bullfrog invasive species control.

  • Coordinated Conservation Program - $15,000,000

  • From 2009 to 2016 completed piping and lining conservation projects with all 3 Columbia Basin Irrigation Districts, creating over 34,000 acre-feet of water for Odessa Ground Water Replacement.

  • Odessa Special Study - $14,000,000

  • Prepared Initial Alternative Development and Evaluation, Odessa Subarea Special Study with Bureau of Reclamation.
  • Habitat evaluations, fish entrainment studies, cultural resource assessments, and other studies to support EIS process.
  • With Bureau of Reclamation prepared National Environmental Policy Act and State Environmental Policy Act Environmental Impact Statement.
  • Water right mitigation with Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation and Spokane Tribe of Indians.
  • Mitigation with NOAA Fisheries in support of Biological Opinion for Odessa Special Study water rights.
  • Contracted designs for East Low Canal Siphons (Lind Coulee 1 and 2, Warden, Kansas Prairie 1 and 2.)
  •  Issued secondary use water right to Bureau of Reclamation for 164,000 acre-feet for Odessa Ground Water Replacement Program.
  • Invest in Lower Columbia Chum Salmon Mitigation to meet EIS requirements.

  • Odessa Special Study - East Low Canal (ELC) Improvements - $36,150,000

  • Widen and improve 46 miles of East Low Canal- -Weber Coulee to Scooteney Wasteway.
  • Design and build Leisle and Calloway road bridges modification and reconstruction.
  • Design and construct 5 double barrel siphon barrels at Lind Coulee 1, Lind Coulee 2, Warden, Kansas Prairie 1 and Kansas Prairie 2 Siphons.
  • Install Lind Coulee Wasteway, Lind Coulee Siphon 1, EL 71.5 and EL 85 radial gates.

  • East Low Canal mile 47.5 (EL 47.5) Pump Station and Delivery System- $5,000,000

  • Ecology contributed $5M of the $21.5M total cost of designing and constructing the first pumping plant and delivery system to bring CBP surface water down the ELC to replace declining well water used to irrigate up to 10,500 acres of farmland.

  • East Low Canal mile 22.1 (EL 22.1) Pump Station and Delivery System- $20,000,000

  • Ecology is contributing $20 M to assist in designing and constructing the pumping plant, delivery system, electrical power substation, booster pump station at the EL 22.1 to bring CBP surface water down the ELC to replace declining well water used to irrigate up to 16,000 acres of farmland.

  • East Low Canal mile 79 area (EL 80.6/EL 84.7) Pump Stations and Delivery Systems- $15,450,000

  • Ecology is contributing $15.45 M to assist in planning, designing and constructing pump stations and delivery systems at the EL 79.2 (or associated stations) to bring CBP surface water down the ELC to replace declining well water used to irrigate up to 13,000 acres of farmland.

  • Grant County Conservation District – Technical/Funding Support - $400,000

  • Providing financial assistance to GCCD to develop and submit competitive federal grant funding opportunities for implementing OGWRP projects.
Construction of siphon to deliver water for the Odessa Ground- water Replacement Program
Construction of siphon to deliver water for the Odessa Ground- water Replacement Program.
ELC Mile 47.5 Pump Station inside a water pumping facility
ELC Mile 47.5 Pump Station
Groundwater has been declining in the Odessa Subarea for many years, putting the region at risk of losing this vitally important resource. Farmers that rely on water for their livelihoods and communities that depend on the aquifer for drinking water are at risk of losing this critical resource. The domestic, commercial, municipal, and industrial water supply for over 180,000 people and more than a dozen communities is in jeopardy.
The federally-designated Columbia Basin Project (CBP) is the water source for thousands of farmers. Decades ago, the Department of Ecology issued farmers in central Washington state temporary permits to use groundwater to irrigate over 100,000 acres. This cropland irrigates the land that produces food that is shipped across the United States and internationally.

Several local, regional, state and federal partners are working together to implement the Odessa Groundwater Replacement Program (OGWRP), which is an effort to implement the Odessa Subarea Special Study FEIS (2012). The focus is to build the necessary infrastructure for farmers and communities to exchange valid state-issued Odessa groundwater rights for Columbia Basin Project water. Ultimately, this concerted effort will save the aquifer from depletion.

The OGWRP consists of 3 main stages:

1. Upgrades to create additional canal flow capacity that maximizes existing infrastructure.
2. Construction of lateral delivery systems to convey water from the East Low Canal to lands that are eligible under the OGWRP.
3. On-farm improvements to extend irrigation delivery to individual farms with cost efficiencies and conservation benefits.

There are many partners involved in this effort, and the East Columbia Basin Irrigation District is proud to serve as the lead agency.

Partners Include:

  • Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service
  • Grant County Conservation District
  • Columbia Basin Development League

More info can be found here: https://www.ogwrp-programs.org/

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