Yesterday, S. 1694, the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Act Phase III of 2015, was unanimously amended to the Energy Policy Modernization Act. Today, that energy bill passed out of the Senate by a vote of 85 to 12.
What does that mean for the Yakima Plan? It puts us one step closer to achieving federal authorization and funding for fish passage, irrigation efficiency and habitat protection projects. It brings the federal government closer to the bar set by the State of Washington in 2013, and it validates the Plan, yet again, as a model for comprehensive water management.