The National Institutes for Water Resources (NIWR) plays a major role in addressing water-related concerns by providing a platform for research, training, and collaboration at the state level. Housed in the nation’s land-grant universities and four U.S. territories, the 54 NIWR member institutes leverage university expertise in research, education, and outreach to find solutions for the water management challenges we face. With their funding and educational services, water-related professionals and researchers receive support for the creation of local tools and policies to better manage our water. These successes start at the local level and have the ability to grow and make an impact across the United States.
Founded in 1890, WSU is comprehensive research, land-grant institution that is home to growing interdisciplinary programs in water, environmental, and economic research, extension, and outreach that spans its colleges and four campuses. Washington State University is dedicated to providing a higher education to its students and brighter future for all. With over 100 years of history, WSU has had a profound impact on the state of Washington and its surrounding region, contributing excellent research, ingenuity, and has relentlessly worked to educate the next generation of leaders. WSU encourages involvement and exploration, and is committed to Water Research and Education for the state of Washington and beyond.
Discovery in action.These words describe what we do at PNNL, which has been operated by Battelle and its predecessors since our inception in 1965. For more than 50 years, we’ve advanced the frontiers of science and engineering in the service of our nation and the world. We make fundamental scientific discoveries that illuminate the mysteries of our planet and the universe. We apply our scientific expertise to tackle some of the most challenging problems in energy, the environment, and national security.
The Washington State Department of Ecology, or simply, Ecology, is an environmental regulatory agency for the State of Washington. The department administers laws and regulations pertaining to the areas of water quality, water rights and water resources, shoreline management, toxics clean-up, nuclear waste, hazardous waste, and air quality. It also conducts monitoring and scientific assessments.
We believe it should be possible to grow business profits today while sustaining natural resources for future generations. And we believe in the power of markets to do so. We are excited to offer products and services that enable you to grow your business and community.
There are lots of misunderstandings about what water markets are, how water is valued and priced, and how to tackle today’s pressing water scarcity concerns. That’s where we come in. We provide enrichment opportunities through hands-on workshops. We train stakeholders through one-on-one consulting and classes. We teach young people about water use and trading through games and interactive demonstrations. We develop cutting-edge technology with tailored insights that help water users understand the risks and costs of their water and improve its value and reliability.
The National Science Foundation is a United States government agency that supports fundamental research and education in all the non-medical fields of science and engineering. Its medical counterpart is the National Institutes of Health. With an annual budget of about US$7.0 billion, the NSF funds approximately 24% of all federally supported basic research conducted by the United States’ colleges and universities. In some fields, such as mathematics, computer science, economics, and the social sciences, the NSF is the major source of federal backing.
The United States Department of Agriculture, also known as the Agriculture Department, is the U.S. federal executive department responsible for developing and executing federal laws related to farming, forestry, and food. It aims to meet the needs of farmers and ranchers, promote agricultural trade and production, work to assure food safety, protect natural resources, foster rural communities and end hunger in the United States and internationally.
The United States Geological Survey is a scientific agency of the United States government. The scientists of the USGS study the landscape of the United States, its natural resources, and the natural hazards that threaten it. The organization has four major science disciplines, concerning biology, geography, geology, and hydrology. The USGS is a fact-finding research organization with no regulatory responsibility.
The Department of Health protects and improves the health of people in Washington State.
Our programs and services help prevent illness and injury, promote healthy places to live and work, provide information to help people make good health decisions and ensure our state is prepared for emergencies. To accomplish all of these, we collaborate with many partners every day.
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is dedicated to preserving, protecting, and perpetuating the state’s fish, wildlife, and ecosystems while providing sustainable fish and wildlife recreational and commercial opportunities.
Headquartered in Olympia, the department maintains six regional offices and manages dozens of wildlife areas around the state, offering fishing, hunting, wildlife viewing, and other recreational opportunities for the residents of Washington.
The Bonneville Power Administration is an American federal agency operating in the Pacific Northwest. BPA was created by an act of Congress in 1937 to market electric power from the Bonneville Dam located on the Columbia River and to construct facilities necessary to transmit that power. Congress has since designated Bonneville to be the marketing agent for power from all of the federally owned hydroelectric projects in the Pacific Northwest. Bonneville is one of four regional Federal power marketing agencies within the U.S. Department of Energy.
The United States Bureau of Reclamation, and formerly the United States Reclamation Service, is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of the Interior, which oversees water resource management, specifically as it applies to the oversight and operation of the diversion, delivery, and storage projects that it has built throughout the western United States for irrigation, water supply, and attendant hydroelectric power generation. Currently the USBR is the largest wholesaler of water in the country, bringing water to more than 31 million people, and providing one in five Western farmers with irrigation water for 10 million acres of farmland, which produce 60% of the nation’s vegetables and 25% of its fruits and nuts. The USBR is also the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is an American scientific agency within the United States Department of Commerce that focuses on the conditions of the oceans, major waterways, and the atmosphere. NOAA warns of dangerous weather, charts seas, guides the use and protection of ocean and coastal resources, and conducts research to provide understanding and improve stewardship of the environment.
The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has been serving the state’s agriculture community and the public for more than 100 years.
Through service, regulation, and advocacy, the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) supports the viability and vitality of agriculture while protecting consumers, public health, and the environment.
Aspect is hydrogeologists, geologists, and engineers focused on earth + water solutions. From six Northwest offices, our staff of 100 provides consulting services in four key practice areas: Data Mapping, Environmental Services, Geotechnical Engineering, Stormwater, and Water Resources services. Like our clients, we focus on implementation and outcome. Aspect delivers value.
Trout Unlimited is an American non-profit organization dedicated to the conservation of freshwater streams, rivers, and associated upland habitats for trout, salmon, other aquatic species, and people. Often contracted as “TU,” the organization began in 1959 in Michigan. It has since spread throughout the United States.
The Kittitas Reclamation District is located in Central Washington in the Kittitas Valley. Here are some brief KRD facts:
Approximately two thirds of all the irrigated acres in Kittitas County, approximately 60,000 acres, are serviced by the KRD’s 330 miles of canals and laterals. It is the 6th largest irrigation district in Washington State. Thirty siphons, the longest is 3325 feet in length, and eleven tunnels help the canal keep as much elevation as possible. From its start at Lake Easton Dam to its terminus on the Turbine Ditch where it spills to the Yakima River the canal only loses 310 feet in those 78 miles.
The KRD has a pro-ratable water right. In a drought year, when there is less water than it takes to fulfill all of the non-prorated water rights in the Yakima River basin, the KRD will receive less than its full entitlement. The last major shortfalls were in 2001, 2005, and 2015.
The KRD budget is funded by landowner assessments. The rates of assessment, as well as all KRD policies, are determined by a Board of Directors who are elected from landowners within the District. Board meetings are open to the public and are usually held the first Tuesday of every month at the KRD office.
The RSBOJC’s mission is to “implement a program to enhance water supplies by supporting storage development, improving water quality, and increasing management efficiency”. The RSBOJC’s goal is to achieve the following within ten years:
- System improvements such as canal automation, regulatory reservoirs, and J/B enclosed conduit delivery systems and additional storage which will protect existing rights while providing higher quality and more reliable irrigation service to Sunnyside Division landowners
- Water savings sufficient to support the goal of furnishing at a minimum, 75% of entitlement to Roza Irrigation District landowners in all years
- Compliance with the total maximum daily load process for return flows discharging from lands under Roza-Sunnyside Board of Joint Control jurisdiction