Finally: Local Operators Assume Full Control of Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District After Federal Title Transfer | Columbia Basin

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WENATCHEE – Wenatchee area irrigators are celebrating the transfer of title from the federal government to the infrastructure and facilities of the Greater Wenatchee Irrigation Districts (GWID). Proponents of the title transfer say the title transfer took many years. Bureau of Reclamation transferred the title in a ceremony.

“…our critical water resources can be managed by those who know our needs best, the men and women who live, work and farm right here in our communities,” said Rep. Dan Newhouse.

The transfer of water rights was the result of the Dingell’s Law which was adopted in 2019.

The Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District is located in central Washington in the Columbia River Valley. The transfer of title covers all federally owned facilities within the water supply and distribution system and includes approximately 82 acres needed by the district to continuously supply irrigation water to its customers. The transfer includes all improvements and appurtenances to federally owned facilities and lands, including but not limited to buildings, pumps, diversions, control structures, fixtures, improvements, drains, laterals, sewers, weirs, wells, ponds and roads.

“Water managers, users and federal partners have rolled up their sleeves to do this work. The transfer of title puts the management of our region’s most vital resource – water – in the hands of those who live here and know it best, said Craig Gyselinck, director of the Greater Wenatchee Irrigation District. (GWID). The hard work of those who contributed to this success will be felt for years to come. I look forward to implementing the new benefits we have gained through title transfer. The future is bright for GWID and our region.

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