Columbia Basin Water Group Sets March 4 Conference

Submitted by Katlyn Straub, Communications Specialist
The champion of the Columbia Basin Project for six decades, the Columbia Basin Development League, will hold its annual conference “With One Voice” Thursday, March 4 from 9 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. (Pacific). 
Virtual, the conference is easy access for all stakeholders in the Columbia Basin to get up-to-date information on efforts to develop, maintain, and improve the Columbia Basin Project.
Topics include a review of the economic impact of the Columbia Basin Project, partner projects, updates from the three irrigation districts as well as the Odessa Ground Water Replacement Program. Speakers will also cover the steps required to complete the Columbia Basin Project, who funds infrastructure projects and the role water law plays with secondary use permits.
Speakers include: 
Melissa Downes, Office of the Columbia River, Department of Ecology
Madison Moore, Washington State Department of Agriculture
Jed Crowther, East Columbia Basin Irrigation District
Vicky Scharlau, Columbia Basin Development League
Representative Mike Steele, Washington State Legislature
Craig Simpson, East Columbia Basin Irrigation District 
Roger Sonnichsen, Quincy Columbia Basin Irrigation District 
Dave Solem, South Columbia Basin Irrigation District
Marc Maynard, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, Ephrata Field Office
Laura Williams, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Washington
Visit to register and learn more.
The League represents the interests of stakeholders in the Columbia Basin, and advocates at the city, county, state and federal levels for continued development and support of the Columbia Basin Project—the largest reclamation project in the United States. 
The Columbia Basin Project provides irrigation water to more than 671,000 acres of land across eastern and central Washington. From parks to power and from irrigation to recreation, the Columbia Basin Project is a vital source of strength to the regional and state economy as well as a key component of its high quality of life thanks to efficient, well-maintained, affordable infrastructure and sustainable environmental stewardship. 

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