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Tri-Cities Black Rock Meeting

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KENNEWICK, Wash. --Farmers and environmentalists were in Kennewick tonight talking about the Black Rock Reservoir.

The $6 billion dollar reservoir is just one option being proposed for water storage in the Yakima Valley. The water would be used in case of a shortage or drought. Black Rock has drawn the most controversy because of it's size.

Many people say the reservoirs is needed to preserve the farming industry and save fish in the area. Others say the reservor would cause an evironmental disaster by forcing contaminated water out of the Hanford area, where right now, it is contained.

The Bureau of Reclamation held tonight's meeting to gage people's reaction to the proposals. 
People can make written comments to the Bureau through March 31st. A funding request should be taken to Congress at the end of this year.