Seattle Times: $4 billion plan proposed for Yakima water supplies

The state and federal governments released a long-awaited plan Friday for improving the water supply in the agricultural Yakima River basin, where periodic droughts reduce streamflows for farmers, communities and threatened fish.

By SHANNON DININNY

Associated Press

March 2, 2012

YAKIMA, Wash. —

The state and federal governments released a long-awaited plan Friday for improving the water supply in the agricultural Yakima River basin, where periodic droughts reduce streamflows for farmers, communities and threatened fish.

The $4 billion plan released jointly by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington state Department of Ecology resulted from months of discussions by various stakeholders in the region, including conservation and farm groups, local communities and the Yakama Nation.

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