If you live, work, or play in Washington, the Columbia Basin Project impacts you. It is our shared responsibility to ensure that we can continue to do so, that future generations can do so. Shared responsibility begins with increased awareness and understanding. The Columbia Basin Project is the foundation for our livelihood, our quality of life, a secure tomorrow.
"Waiting for Water" follows a family of farmers in a land of great potential, against a backdrop of challenges. The Columbia Basin Project (CBP) is a multi-purpose project with direct benefits to local, state, and national economies. The CBP generates over four billion dollars in annual, cumulative economic activity. In addition to its hallmark power generation and irrigated agriculture, ample recreational opportunities draw three million visitors to fish, hunt, camp, swim, and explore its land and waters each year. It has also created bio-diverse wetlands that form part of the Columbia National Wildlife Refuge. But, the CBP is not fully developed, and it is aging. And, in the process of phased development, a declining aquifer presented yet another threat to the foundation upon which much of central-eastern Washington has been built.
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