Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Ecology completes Yakima Review, New Dams off the Table

In the arid Yakima Valley is perennially thirsty for irrigation water. The Dams in the Upper Yakima, and Naches systems, designed to provide irrigation flows during summer drought season have already severely impacted the natural hydrograph of the rivers.With increased demand for cheap water rights and fears about climate change, some agricultural interets have been calling for even more water storage in the region...more dams. In a report issued by the Washington Department of Ecology on Tuesday a number of options are explored to provide water for various interests in the Valley. Not among the options however are more dams which were deemed to be against federal guidelines. See a summary at the ecology website

and the Environmental Impact Statement at the Washington Depertmant of Ecology

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