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The Walla Walla Water Management Initiative

Posted by cahnrs.webteam | June 7, 2013

Members of the Walla Walla Basin community are working to improve water management to support municipal, agricultural, and other water uses, while also providing for the needs of federally protected fish species. In conjunction with the Washington State Department of Ecology, they asked the Center to conduct a research and consultation project that would inform the development of a new water governance mechanism. The Center’s work examined a set of case studies of similar water management efforts in other areas, and also identified existing capacities in the Basin to support an effective integrated water management system. The project also involved collecting local input on the goals of the Initiative, areas where consensus may exist, and areas where concerns may need to be addressed. The project occurred from mid-2006 through early 2007, producing two reports, listed below.

Insights on Design and Implementation from Innovative Water Management Efforts (pdf)-January 2007

Managing Many Waters: An Assessment of Capacities for Implementing Water and Fish Improvements in the Walla Walla Basin (pdf)-July 2007

Updated on August 16, 2017