Walla Walla Basin Strategic Planning Workshop

Earlier this year, the Washington Legislature tasked the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership and the Department of Ecology to collaboratively develop a 30-year Strategic Plan for water management in the Walla Walla Basin. This effort, which has been named Walla Walla Water 2050, will kick off with a two-day workshop on October 3rd & 4th, 2019. We invite you to attend, whether you are in Washington or Oregon, and tell us how you envision water being managed to meet growing demands in the Walla Walla Basin over the next 30 years.

See the flyer for more details. 

 Please Join us and register for the workshop here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WWstrategicplan

Walla Walla Community College Local Water Plan: Public Comment Period

The Partnership plans to submit a new local water plan before the Board at the March 5 meeting.

Pursuant to RCW 90.92, this plan will open for public comment for the 30-day period between January 31 and March 1, 2019. The full text of the plan can be found here.

If you'd like to comment, you have three options:

  1. File a written comment with the Partnership office, at: Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership, Water and Environmental Center, Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA 99362.

  2. Submit a document via email to staff, at doug.birdsall@wwcc.edu.

  3. Attend the Board meeting on March 5 and make your comment verbally.

These comments will be reviewed by the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership Board as well as the Board’s technical advisory committee.

Pierce Local Water Plan: Public Comment Period

Update as of July 31, 2018: The public comment period has ended, but you can still share your thoughts in person at the August 7 Board meeting. The meeting is open to the public and will be held at the Water and Environmental Center at 7 pm on August 7, 2018.

The Partnership plans to submit a new local water plan before the Board at the August 7 meeting. Created in collaboration with Larry Pierce, the LWP moves place of use and point of diversion on two water rights, facilitating stream flow by allowing Pierce to draw water from a spot where it is more available and less critical.

Pursuant to RCW 90.92, this plan will open for public comment for the 30-day period between July 1 and July 31, 2018. The full text of the plan can be found here.

If you'd like to comment, you have three options:

  1. File a written comment with the Partnership office, at: Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership, Water and Environmental Center, Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
  2. Submit a document via email to staff, at sam.chapman@wwcc.edu.
  3. Attend the Board meeting on August 7 and make your comment verbally.

These comments will be reviewed by the Walla Walla Watershed Management Partnership Board as well as the Board’s technical advisory committee.

Time Change for Winter Board Meetings

In order to make travel to and from board meetings easier in the winter months, the Partnership board voted at the July 11 meeting to move meeting start times from November through February. The November, December, January, and February meetings will now start at 5 pm instead of 7 pm, and will keep the usual two hour length.

The meeting location will remain rooms 2023 and 2024 in the Water and Environmental Center at Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way. Make sure to show up and engage with water policy in your community!

Revision to Water Banking Application

The Partnership Board has approved a new version of the water banking application form and annual report form. It's largely similar to the previous version, with some new information added. Links to both of them are now available in the Water Banking section of the Services tab.

As always, contact Doug Birdsall (doug.birdsall@wwcc.edu or 509-524-5216) for questions about water banking. We hope you'll continue to help us expand this program that's helping our Basin!

Gardena Farms Irrigation District LWP

Gardena Farms Irrigation District #13 has applied to the Partnership for a new Local Water Plan. The public comment period on this plan is now open.

Written comments will be accepted until 4:00 pm on June 5, mailed to the Partnership at the Water & Environmental Center, Walla Walla Community College, 500 Tausick Way, Walla Walla, WA, 99362, or by e-mail to chris.hyland@wwcc.edu.

Verbal comments will be heard at the Partnership Board meeting at 7:00 pm on June 6, at the above address in conference room 2023/2024.

Click to view the text of the Local Water Plan.

Click to view the associated water right.