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Next Step for Umatilla Depot Development: Water Rights

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) - An Oregon development authority is negotiating with the U.S. Army over water rights at the former Umatilla Chemical Depot.

The negotiations are the latest step in the process of transferring the land to local control.

Columbia Development Authority executive director Greg Smith says he was expecting about half of the land's water capacity, the amount that wouldn't interfere with the National Guard's water needs. 

But the Army's Base Realignment and Closure staff proposed giving the authority two wells, which amounts to about 25 percent.

Smith says he told the Army that two wells would not make it worthwhile for the reuse authority to take over the land.   

The board also decided to request an easement from the Army to put in a pipeline.