Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions posted by Bill White in April 2014

General Frequently Asked Questions

MVID concrete ditchWhat is the purpose and need for the Project? 
In order to decrease the maintenance costs, decrease liability and increase the sustainability of MVID, the Directors agree that change currently is inevitable for MVID. The current open-canal system and push-up dam is not economically viable or environmentally feasible given the current ESA listings and the liability risks facing the District. MVID has the opportunity now for funds and technical assistance to help improve system efficiency, decrease operation costs, and ensure that the members receive water over the long term.

Where is the money coming from?
Project funding is from the Washington Department of Ecology Office of the Columbia River (WDOE-OCR), the Washington State Salmon Recovery Funding Board, and Chelan PUD’s Tributary Committee. We are requesting additional funds from the Priest Rapids Coordinating Committee. Technical Assistance (engineering, system design, alternative evaluation) is being completed by the Bureau of Reclamation through an agreement with the Department of Ecology.

Why is the timeline so compressed? 
The Washington Water Project of Trout Unlimited was able to secure funding for this Project through the WDOE, and there is a limited window of opportunity to complete this Project before this exclusive funding window expires. If the Project becomes delayed it would have to compete with a long list of other projects all vying for funding in the upcoming funding round, within in a very-tight State budget.

What is going to happen with assessments? 
The Directors are working to keep the assessments at or below the current level.

How will the Project affect my ability to get water? 
The Directors are committed to making sure that everyone who currently has water will continue to have water, with greater certainty and less cost into the future.

Is there still going to be an MVID?
Yes. All of the Alternatives mean that MVID will continue in some form. In Alternative 4 the District would be smaller, serving only those users who remain connected to shared wells via pipes.