The forecast assesses how environmental and economic changes, and human responses impact water resources (supply), and in turn seeks to predict future water demands in light of these changes. Legislators, water managers, and the Office of Columbia River use the forecast to direct policy decisions for drought resiliency, and to meet water needs in the years to come. The forecast is one tool used to decide where to invest in water supply projects that have the greatest chance to meet demands and improve flows for fish under future conditions, as well as a range of other planning and water management actions.
The press release from Ecology for the 2021 Forecast is available here.
The 2016 Forecast is available here.
Jenny Adam, Michael Barber, Michael Brady, Sonia Hall, Dan Haller, Sasha McLarty, Julie Padowski, Kirti Rajagopalan, Claudio Stockle, Jonathan Yoder, Georgine Yorgey, Matt Yourek, Fabio Scarpare, Min Liu, Aaron Whittemore, Hannah Goodspeed, Becca Gustine, Collins Asante-Sasu, Seann McClure, Jon Turk, Rojina Desar, Ry Weber, Ashish Kondal, Blair Deaver, Melissa Downes, Scott Tarbutton, Michael Callahan, Peter Price, Tyler Roberts, Jennifer Stephens, Wendy Valdez.