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Water Conservation Review to Help Yakima Water Basin

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A new water use study of the Yakima Water Basin hopes to help find the best ways to conserve water for decades to come. A new water use study of the Yakima Water Basin hopes to help find the best ways to conserve water for decades to come.

YAKIMA, WA - A new water use study of the Yakima Water Basin hopes to help find the best ways to conserve water for decades to come.

The $100,000 study will research the best conservation methods to implement as part of the Yakima Basin Water Plan. 

With some costly changes coming to the basin, this study will make sure the state will ration water properly in the future.

"The important thing is to make sure that if we're going to spend four or five billion dollars trying to fix this that we have the right elements of it," Sid Morrison of the Yakima Basin Storage Alliance said. "That we have enough water."

The 30-year Yakima Basin Water Plan is designed to meet the needs of growers and natural habitat. The first construction project involves installing piping along Manastash Creek near Ellensburg.

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