Yakima County Commissioners want to be proactive when it comes to preserving water supply.
YAKIMA, WA - Yakima County Commissioners want to be proactive when it comes to preserving water supply.
They're in the beginning stages of creating a water conservancy plan.
County commissioners said part of the plan includes creating a water bank, which would allow the county to purchase surface water rights that they could then sell to rural property owners.
"Every drop counts and therefore we need to be better stewards of our water resources, and the county has now embarked on that process to become better stewards of our resources," said Yakima County Commissioner Mike Leita.
Commissioners said the Yakima River Basin has been over appropriated for years.
They believe that creating a comprehensive plan will help people with senior water rights get the proper amount of resources.