By Editorial Board
Decades of talk preceded the current plan on the Yakima River Basin water supply, and two years of proposals, counterproposals, communication and compromise have brought us to this point. Now the real work lies ahead in assuring the basin will have enough water to meet its future needs.
Earlier this month, state and federal officials issued a final environmental report on a multifaceted plan to increase water storage, accommodate fish and preserve land. The compromises have brought many parties on board: agriculture, irrigators, the Yakama Nation, fishing interests, many environmental groups, local and county governments, Gov. Chris Gregoire and federal Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.