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.
fish come during July and August, which is the hottest time of the year.
often poses a problem because hot weather means evaporation, which is harmful
to the salmon's habitat.
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.
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.