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USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie Tours the OGWRP

In early June, East Columbia Basin Irrigation District, Columbia Basin Conservation District, and the Washington State Department of Ecology’s Office of the Columbia River had the great honor of hosting USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie for a tour of the OGWRP along with many of our partners, elected officials, and landowners.


Under Secretary Robert Bonnie, OGWRP partners, elected officials, and landowners at the EL 47.5 Pump Station. (Photo by Nate Gallahan, NRCS-Washington)
Under Secretary Bonnie's visit underscores USDA's commitment to the OGWRP. We are grateful for the Under Secretary's generous time and his genuine interest in the project. - Kristina Ribellia, CBCD Executive Director

Under Secretary Bonnie's visit was especially timely, as he got to see construction happening on the EL 86.4 public system, which began in May. NRCS is investing $9,700,000 in the EL 86.4 on-farm infrastructure through WaterSMART and the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). ECBID and NRCS anticipate the EL 86.4 landowners will receive water in the 2025 water season.


Tour stop at the EL 86.4 public system construction site. (Photo by Mike Baden, WSCC)

With NRCS's investments in the OGWRP now totaling $49.4 million, USDA has quickly become an important partner as we work swiftly to prepare for implementing the remaining portions of the OGWRP with assistance from the NRCS Small Watershed Program (PL-566), RCPP, and WaterSMART Program in coordination with the significant investments totaling over $240M that the State of Washington, Bureau of Reclamation, ECBID, and landowners continue to make.


Thank you to all our partners, elected officials, and landowners who helped make Under Secretary Bonnie's visit especially meaningful. It was a great day for the OGWRP.


Under Secretary Robert Bonnie, OGWRP partners, elected officials, and landowners at the Lind Coulee Siphon. (Photo by Nate Gallahan, NRCS-Washington)
Tour stop at a EL 47.5 public system and on-farm connection site. (Photo by Mike Baden, WSCC)


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