Reclamation Releases Draft Umatilla Basin Water Supply Study Appraisal Report

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Robert Hamilton, (208) 378-5087

For Release: October 05, 2011

The Bureau of Reclamation released the draft Umatilla Basin Water Supply Appraisal Report for a 30-day public review period from Oct. 7 through Nov. 10, 2011. The report identifies alternatives aimed at satisfying treaty and reserved water-rights water claims of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR), while keeping existing Umatilla basin water users whole.

A number of potential alternatives were identified. Of those, five alternatives were selected for a more detailed evaluation; four describe water supply, and one focuses on a water delivery. The Umatilla Project is located in north-central Oregon and supplies water to the Hermiston, West Extension, Westland, and Stanfield irrigation districts.

The complete report is available for download at Umatilla Basin Water Supply Study Appraisal Report . In addition, a limited number of printed copies are available on request by sending an email to or calling (208)378-5087.

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