YAKIMA, Wash. - A new report shows that the amount of water used from the Yakima River Basin has tripled.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, in 1960 the total amount of water used from the basin was 115,776 acre feet. In 2000, that amount increased to 312,284 acre feet.
The purpose of the survey is to show how much ground water is available in the basin for future use.
The survey was produced by the bureau of reclamation, the Yakama nation, and the Washington state department of ecology.