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WSU launches water management survey in Yakima, Okanogan, Methow, and Walla Walla basins

Do you have views about how water should be managed within your Basin?  We want to hear them!

Washington State University scientists and collaborators will survey owners of irrigated farms this winter in the Okanogan, Methow, Walla Walla, and Yakima river basins. Insights from irrigators will help researchers develop innovations to foster water use efficiency for Northwest residents, agriculture, and the environment.

Through our research, and with your help, WSU seeks to improve crop yields and increase the value and security of water rights. The survey does not ask any questions that would put anyone’s water right at risk of relinquishment. All responses will be kept confidential.

How You Can Be Involved:

  1. Please complete your survey if you are contacted. If you have questions, please contact Joe Cook, at or by phone at (509) 335-3817.
  2. If you’d like to complete the survey but have not been contacted, you can! Please contact the survey lead, Joe Cook at or by phone at (509) 335-3817.
  3. To learn more, you can attend a community meeting (registration required). The community meetings will include a very short presentation about the project and the survey, by Joe Cook (survey lead) and Georgine Yorgey (extension lead). The bulk of the time will be devoted to Q&A and discussion.
    • 8-9 a.m. Tuesday, December 8: Register.
    • 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, December 9: Register.
    • 1-2 p.m. Thursday, December 10: Register.
    • 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, January 5: Register.
    • 8-9 a.m. Thursday, January 7: Register.

Survey Overview

The survey asks people about their use of weather forecasts and how they might best be improved, basic information about their operations, their views on water management policies, and their views and experience with water markets. It will be conducted on behalf of the WSU research team by Pacific Market Research during December 2020 and January 2021.

To register for community meetings, see the survey questions in advance, or learn more about the survey and the overall project, visit the Washington Water Research Center’s survey webpage.

Water Research Center, State of Washington

Washington State University