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 […]

Scharlau: Wine Industry Need Help Following Early September Fires

Because of the wildfires, many of which broke out Labor Day weekend across the western U.S.,  the Washington Winegrowers’ is calling on Congress for an extension of the Wildfire and Hurricane Indemnity Program Plus, better known as the WHIP+, to help impacted growers and winemakers. Executive Director, Vicky Scharlau said nine other regional and national […]

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, […]

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 […]