Office of Columbia River (OCR) Operations
Operations staff support OCR's water supply development mission by performing a number of tasks, including:
- Water Use Compliance - The
Columbia River Watermaster investigates potential water use
violations. When a violation is found, the watermaster
provides technical assistance to help the water user achieve
compliance. If the water user fails to comply, the water
master will pursue enforcement.
- Metering Oversight - OCR is
working with water users to install meters along the
Columbia River mainstem. The data is used to calculate the
Columbia River's water budget.
- Public Outreach
- Columbia River Policy Advisory Group
(PAG) - The PAG, a group composed of local, state, tribal,
and federal agencies and governments, water users, and
environmental and business organizations, helps OCR
identify and shape policy issues.
- Examples of publications range from technical documents
like environmental impact statements to newsletters and
- Mailing lists (Listservs) - Keep up with the latest news
about OCR projects by signing up for email notifications.
- Trust Water Management -
Water users may put water into trust on a temporary or
permanent basis to avoid relinquishment and provide water
- Voluntary Regional Agreement (VRA)
- A provison in the law that created the Columbia River
Program allows OCR to enter into voluntary regional
agreements with interested parties "for the purpose of
providing new water for out-of-stream use, streamlining the
application process, and protecting instream flow." In July
2008, OCR entered into a VRA with the Columbia-Snake River
Irrigators Association. The VRA provision is slated to
expire in 2012.
- Web Tools - Interactive tools
providing information and data about water management in
Eastern Washington. The Water Resources Explorer is a map
based tool used to retrieve information about water rights.
The Columbia River Water Budget is a map based tool for
information about water allocation, streamflows, etc. on the
Columbia River Mainstem.The Columbia River Basin Long-Term
Water Supply and Demand Forecast allows users to access
detailed water supply and demand information and forecasts
for specific watersheds throughout Eastern Washington