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Water Supply Welcomes Salmon to Yakima River

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The water supply in the Yakima Basin plays a major part in the salmon population in Central Washington, and this year, fish and wildlife experts say the Yakima River will likely see a record number of sockeye salmon. 

The fish come during July and August, which is the hottest time of the year. 

This often poses a problem because hot weather means evaporation, which is harmful to the salmon's habitat.

But this year, the water levels are looking up.  "Luckily we have a great water supply, we will not have any shortage this year," Charles de La Chapelle, a member of the Yakima Basin Storage Alliance, said.

Water from the Yakima River is also used to irrigate agriculture, which in the past has not left enough water for large populations of fish. 

This year, the number of fish coming into the region is a blessing because Yakima has not seen this many fish in the river in decades.