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New Farming Reservoir Study

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- A new study says a new storage facility would go a long way in protecting farmers in case of a drought. The new study suggests that the new site would be cheaper than the Black Rock Reservoir.

The new State Ecology study recommends that a 2-mile wide and 26-mile long storage facility will be placed in the Lower Crab Creek Basin in Grant county, where costs are the lowest.

The facility would cost about 3 billion dollars, Black Rock would cost more than four billion. Department of Ecology officials say that the facility is important to the future welfare of Washington farmers.

Congressman Doc Hastings has already said he supports further studies into creating the water storage facility. Ecology officials say more studies will have to be done before the issue is brought before Congress.