CBDL Hopeful Local Infrastructure Projects Will Be Addressed By 117th Congress

After President Biden’s recent announcement of his over $2T infrastructure improvement plan, there’s growing hope in the farming world that water infrastructure will be addressed. That includes not only water transport, but also irrigation water which is so vital here in the west. Sara Higgins with the Columbia Basin Development League said outside of some […]

CBDL Conference Set For Early March

The Columbia Basin Development League’s annual conference will a virtual affair this year, titled “With Once Voice”. CBDL Deputy Director Sara Higgins said the forum is for stakeholders, like land owners, local, state and federal officials as well as residents to discuss the latest information pertaining to the Columbia Basin and irrigation.  She noted several […]

Pandemic Moves CBDL Meeting On-line

Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic, the Columbia Basin Development League’s annual meeting will be online this year. Vicky Scharlau said they hope this virtual event will draw in a larger crowd. And to make the meeting more attractive, she noted they’ve tried to make it as user-friendly as possible. “[You can] get great insight into the […]

CBDL Shovel Ready Project Looking For Funding

Even before the pandemic, many lawmakers and the Trump Administration, pushed to make upgrades and improvement to infrastructure nationwide. One area of growing interest in D.C. is water infrastructure. There is growing hope that interest will translate into dollars here in the Northwest, specifically to finish the Columbia Basin Project, removing farmers from the declining […]

Scharlau: Columbia Basin Development Project Needs Attention Before More Wells Go Dry

It’s a project that’s consumed much of Central Washington for over 70 years, but unfortunately it shows no immediate signs of wrapping up. The Columbia Basin Development Project is the effort to irrigate one million acres of farm land. And while much of the projects is complete and irrigation canals are providing much needed water, […]

Survey Shows Concerns About Columbia Basin Water

A survey recently conducted for the Columbia Basin Development League shows those in the northern portion of the Basin are concerned about the state of local water.  The survey questioned 255 people in the Tri-Cities, Moses Lake, Ephrata, Othello, Odessa and Ritzville in September. The results show many “deeply concerned”.  The chief issue, the depletion […]

Importance of Columbia Basin Project Extends Beyond Agriculture

The Columbia Basin Project, established just before World War II is often seen as a farming project for the Inland Northwest.  But Wednesday’s Tri-City Chamber luncheon in Pasco will show that while the Ag community has benefited from the federal project, farmers are not the only ones.   “This particular Bureau of Reclamation project is […]

CBDL Honors Mark Schoesler

During the Columbia Basin Development League’s 55th annual meeting Tuesday, the organization honored state senator Mark Schoesler.  The Ritzville Republican received the Perseverance Award for what the league called “his longtime legislative efforts on behalf of communities and irrigators in the basin area”.   “The league chose Senator Schoesler to receive the Perseverance Award for […]