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A New Plan to Preserve Water

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. - A plan to preserve water in times of drought has been released. The report addresses how to meet the future needs of the Yakima River Basin. So what does this mean for the Tri-Cities?

With the Tri-Cities being at the end of the Yakima River, in times of drought, Department of Ecology officials say the Tri-Cities is the last place to receive water from that river.

This report has been made to make sure Eastern Washington has enough water in reserve to go around.

The study comes after hearing the Black Rock Reservoir wouldn't be built. One of the reasons for that, other than being too expensive and not meeting federal guidelines, is officials didn't want to keep all their "eggs in one basket."

The plan is to spread out the water reserves in to smaller areas, a plan that some say should solve the water storage problem.

"All of it ties in together. We're in the middle of a desert. We need water. And how we use it and best conserve it for environmental benefits. We think this is a wonderful opportunity to do that," said Charlie De La Chapelle, Vice President of the Yakima Basin Storage Alliance.

There will be a series of meetings on how to implement what's in the 666 page report. The first meeting is June 30th and the project is expected to be completed within 18 months.