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USBR awards Moses Lake Watershed Council $100,000 over two years

We are thrilled to announce the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) has selected Moses Lake Watershed Council's WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program proposal for Phase I funding, specifically including $100,000 over two years to further develop the Moses Lake Watershed Council and for completing a watershed plan for Moses Lake. Developing the Moses Lake Watershed Plan is a critical step for accessing Phase II funding through this and other grant programs. We anticipate this important work will begin in the fall.

Without a doubt, Moses Lake Watershed Council's proposal, submitted by the Grant County Conservation District, was especially competitive because of the tremendous support that was expressed by our elected officials, state agencies, local governments, organizations, and businesses.

Thank you to each of the following for providing letters of support for this grant proposal specifically:

  • 13th District Legislators - Senator Judy Warnick, Rep. Tom Dent & Rep. Ybarra

  • 9th District Legislators - Senator Mark Schoesler, Rep. Mary Dye & Rep. Joe Schmick

  • Grant County Commissioners

  • Grant County Health District

  • City of Moses Lake

  • Washington Conservation Commission

  • Washington Department of Agriculture

  • Washington Department of Ecology

  • Washington Department of Health

  • Moses Lake-Othello Association of Realtors

  • Moses Lake Chamber of Commerce

  • Moses Lake LEAD

  • Cascade Marina

  • Confluence Health

  • Moses Lake Irrigation & Rehabilitation District

  • Grant County Conservation District

We would also like to especially thank Amanda Richardson with Washington State Department of Ecology and the Grant County Conservation District staff for their work in developing the WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program proposal and the USBR's Ephrata Field Office for their ongoing support.

We look forward to working with our partners and the public on the grant elements to further improve, protect, and preserve the water quality in Moses Lake and our greater watershed for present and future generations.

For questions, please contact the Grant County Conservation District at (509) 765-9618.

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