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Irrigation operations begin for the Columbia Basin Project


Last updated 3/3/2022 at 12:40pm

GRAND COULEE, Wash. — The Bureau of Reclamation began operating the Potholes Reservoir/O’Sullivan Dam outlet works Feb. 28 and Banks Lake/Dry Falls Dam outlet works on Mar. 3, 2022, in preparation for the 2022 irrigation season.

To prepare Banks Lake for the March 3 operation startup, Reclamation began pumping water from the John W. Keys III Pump-Generating Plant into the north end of Banks Lake on Feb. 27, 2022. Water is pumped from Lake Roosevelt by the John Keys Pumping Plant to maintain Banks Lake elevations for Columbia Basin Project irrigation activities.

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