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Bob Larson Columbia Basin Project Pt 1
by Bob Larson, click here for bio

Program: Fruit Grower Report
Date: August 07, 2017

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With today’s Fruit Grower Report, I’m Bob Larson. The Columbia Basin Development League is turning to video to tell the nearly 80-year old story of what the Columbia Basin Project means to agriculture.

Executive Director Vicky Scharlau says the League has been working on the project with policy makers in Olympia and Washington D.C. for decades …

VICKY SCHARLAU … “We recognize now, however, that a picture is worth a thousand words so we’re taking our story to film. And, we’ve put together a short film that will explain the Columbia Basin Project, what it is, why it’s important, and the magnitude of its size, and just raise awareness and support for the continued phase development of the Columbia Basin Project, but also for the need for continued infrastructure reinvestment for the current water projects.”

Scharlau says the short film will be a great learning tool …

VICKY SCHARLAU … “We want to make sure that we educate the public, the larger public, on the renewable resource and multi-purpose benefits of the project. And then, frankly, educate our viewers, if you will, on the value of the Columbia Basin Project and the overall economic health of Washington state and the role the project plays in that health. So, right now we’re just in the almost completion stage of the film and we’ve just started our fundraising campaign to offset some of the costs of the film and making sure we can get it distributed widely for use in understanding the project and what it is.”

Find out more about the project, the film, and the fundraising at cbdl.org

We’ll learn more about the Columbia Basin Project tomorrow.

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