Thursday, July 2, 2009

Yakima Water Supply Subject of Negociations

In the arid Yakima valley where agriculture, urban development and fish all demand a portion of the rivers precious water discussions are underway to try and address chronic water shortages. After a multi year study commissioned by BLM found that new dams were not economically or environmentally feasible as an option the community has been left to weigh its options and find solutions that work for everyone, including the fish. Last Tuesday in the first of what will likely be many meetings state and federal officials met with local interests, tribal representatives and environmental groups to formulate a plan on how best to ensure a viable water supply for the valley as well as for the river and its imperiled Chinook and Steelhead. See the article in the Seattle Times.

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