SUNNYSIDE, WA. -- It's been a bone dry year in California. Washington is taking steps to make sure a drought like that never damages our agriculture. Governor Jay Inslee was very pleased to see the progress on the Roza Reservoir Project in Sunnyside.
He said it is a very important project to help keep the entire state of Washington safe from climate change. Workers have been at work for a year now, already moving a million pounds of dirt to make room for water. The governor says this project shows what happens when people take action.
"Washington is a can do state," Gov. Jay Inslee said. "We just don't sit around and argue, we actually take action. So we're taking action today, here, to make our irrigation system more resilient."
Afterward, the governor sat down with local farmers to discuss water related issues in the valley. When it's all finished in two years, the Roza Reservoir will hold 1,600 acre-feet of water and will include nearly 300 miles of piping.
The entire cost of the federally funded project ? 26 millions dollars.