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Published on Friday, January 18, 2013

Feedback needed on major water policy proposal

HB 1196 concerns the Yakima River basin, but potentially could serve as a model for water policy changes statewide. Stakeholders in the Yakima River basin have been working on an integrated water resource management plan, which is partially implemented through this bill and a parallel capital budget proposal. The bill establishes the framework for setting up and funding a long-term effort to increase the amount of water available in the basin for agriculture, domestic, and in-stream uses.

If your city tracks water management policy and has comments, please provide them to Dave Catterson. The bill is currently scheduled for public hearing in the House Committee on Agriculture & Natural Resources at 10am on January 22.