HERMISTON — The Columbia Development Authority will meet Friday in Umatilla to discuss the newly completed water deal with the Oregon National Guard and the remaining steps toward local control of the former Umatilla Chemical Depot.

The meeting is 1 p.m. Jan. 6 at the Port of Umatilla office, 505 Willamette St., in Umatilla.

It will be the board’s first meeting since the U.S. Army sent a letter to the CDA agreeing to a deal that would give the CDA water rights for 73 percent of the water available, with the remaining controlled by the Oregon National Guard. The months-long negotiations over water were one of the last major hurdles to the transfer of the land from the Army to the CDA.

Also on the agenda will be an update on the cultural resource/archaeological study that still needs to be completed, results of a cheatgrass bacteria field trial, a wastewater exception with the city of Umatilla, a draft of a memorandum agreement with the Army’s Base Realignment and Closure office, an executive session and a discussion titled “Where do we go from here?”

The board will welcome new administrative assistant Joleen Horning and new board chair Don Russell.

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