With groundwater supplies in dire straits, Columbia Basin communities mobilize together to preserve their future

Lincoln County, WA is at the heart of efforts by local residents and community leaders who have formed the Columbia Basin Sustainable Water Coalition, supported by the Lincoln County Conservation District. They are tackling a decades-old trend of dwindling groundwater and charting a secure future for this important agriculture region.
A diagram from the US Geological Service showing the massive depth of ancient aquifers in the Columbia Plateau, illustrating how deep wells must go to find water.
Drilling ever deeper to find water in the ancient Columbia Plateau aquifer layers: the Grand Ronde is the most extensive of the three major formations, with over 85% of the total volume of the Columbia River Basalt Group, reaching depths up to 8,000 feet below sea level. This illustrates how deep area water purveyors must place wells to access precious groundwater.
Photograph of wheat field and harvester
This year’s wheat harvest on land farmed by the Warden Hutterian Brethren was down 40%.

Helping build infrastructure is the key for small rural communities to have a sustainable future.

--

--

--

Washington State Department of Commerce official news and information. Our mission is to strengthen communities in our state.

Love podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.

Recommended from Medium

Humanity+ = Plants+

Wirsol and Hive Energy partner on UK’s largest solar project

Can technology get us out of the climate crisis?

The World’s Ending, Begins With Us

How to solve climate change with IOTA

Accompanying Biodiversity

Fossil Fuel Dependence Pollutes our Planet and our Bodies

What You Should Do During A Tornado Threat.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Washington State Department of Commerce

Washington State Department of Commerce

Washington State Department of Commerce official news and information. Our mission is to strengthen communities in our state.

More from Medium

Debating Accountability Futures Dialogue with Gilbert Muyumbu and Zahir Ahmed: “social…

Shillin and Chillin: A Gentleman in Moscow

A Primer for Today and Tomorrow

Before you make that language learning New Year’s Resolution ….