Seattle Times: Management plan for Yakima River Basin provides a splash of can-do cheer

Progress on a broad plan for the Yakima River Basin is a refreshing counterpoint to frustrations with gridlock elsewhere in politics.

by Lance Dickie

Times editorial columnist

October 25, 2012

A long, frustrating campaign season and years of legislative paralysis in Congress fuel a need for optimism about a fresh start in politics.

I believe I have found it, and it is here at home in this Washington. The name does not roll off the tongue, but it illustrates how things can change for the better:

The Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan is a product of extraordinary work and compromise, and it offers long-term benefits for the environment and economy.

The Yakima River Basin plan will take purposeful action in Olympia and Washington, D.C., to happen.

Lawmakers responsible for making the necessary budget and policy decisions should be inspired and respectful of the broad interests represented, and the compromises made to reach agreement.

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