SPOKANE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $6 million to the Odessa Groundwater Replacement Program.
The funding is offered by means of the Department of Agriculture’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program.
The Grant County Conservation District and 7 contributing companions on the Odessa program plan to assist agricultural producers change groundwater irrigation techniques with Columbia River floor water for high-value irrigated farmland that at the moment depends on the quickly declining Odessa Subarea Aquifer.
The partnership plans to work with up to 13 farms and in the end depart greater than 33,000 acre-feet of water within the aquifer annually. Groundwater alternative will enhance water high quality and amount for municipalities, strengthen the agriculture trade to be extra local weather resilient, and encourage native job development, in accordance to the Department of Agriculture.