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Elsa Bowen, District Manager

The Lincoln County Conservation District (LCCD) was awarded a federal Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART grant for municipal water sources and other stakeholders to build on efforts to resolve water quantity issues in the Mid-Columbia Basin.


“Lincoln County cities, residential well users, and rural livestock producers have experienced declining water and well rehydration has shown little to no improvement on future supplies,” says Lincoln County Commissioner Mark Stedman.


As grant sponsor, LCCD will represent a coalition of stakeholders in a new group called the Columbia Basin Sustainable Water Coalition (CBSWC) made up of municipalities, counties, economic development councils, agricultural groups, Washington Department of Commerce, Department of Health, Ecology, and others.


The CBSWC’s work builds on studies done by the Columbia Basin Groundwater Management Area (GWMA) and plans to collect data representing the experiences of municipal water systems in the Basin. The CBSWC is to add information from municipal water systems to the larger effort in the Basin seeking to preserve groundwater levels.


The CBSWC meets monthly and stakeholders are welcome. Contact Elsa Bowen at

To learn more about CBSWC, visit their website by clicking their logo below


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Overhead Map of the Greater Columbia Basin Watershed

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