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Water

Our water programs focus on water quality and the conservation of our waters. Bodies of water should meet or exceed quality standards and be sufficient to support human, plant, and animal needs. 

Water Quality

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Projects to improve water quality:

  • water monitoring

  • livestock exclusion

  • riparian plantings

  • wetland restoration

  • native plant selection 

  • erosion control & flooding concerns

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Similkameen bank alongside the Okanogan River


Goals for water conservation:

  • local administration of water bank

  • purchasing a water right(s) 

  • partnering with the county

  • provide water for agricultural use to farmers

Water Projects

Water Bank Plans

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Okanogan River south of Antoine Creek

The Okanogan Conservation District is actively working through the necessary steps to create a water bank that is administered locally to provide service throughout the county. The goal is to help retain water rights in the county and provide water to our local farmers and ranchers for agricultural use. Working with the water bank will be voluntary. 

The water bank will be run by the district but in partnership with the county. We hope to acquire water rights that will be secured by the water bank and protected from relinquishment so they may be repurposed to other users in the same watershed.

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USDA Service Center

1251 2nd Avenue South, Room 102

Okanogan WA 98840

(509) 422-0855

Office hours M-Th 8:00-4:30

General inquiries:

cassandra@okanogancd.org