Property Owners Meet to Discuss Irrigation Options on Red Mountain
BENTON CITY, Wash.-- Property owners with land on Red Mountain met with leaders from Kennewick Irrigation District (KID) and the Department of Ecology to discuss forming a Local Improvement District (LID) and irrigating the south side of the mountain.
Landowners came with questions about whether or not they could get irrigation water and to find out how much it would cost. KID leaders looked at four different sources for the water, with the Kiona Pump Station being the cheapest option. Then they broke it down into the alternative ways to get water up the mountain. Under the three plans, it would cost between $700 and $1,100 per irrigated acre per year.
Commercial farmers or people with large lots for sale were excited they would get water and increase their profits or the value of their land.
People who own smaller amounts of land seemed relieved when KID leaders announced that anyone who didn't want or need water, would not have to pay for it.
An LID is expected to be formed within the next two months, and KID staff plan to have another workshop and a public hearing.