Water rights deadline near for Yakima River

By the Tri-City HeraldDecember 12, 2012 

The state has heard from only a third of about 150 applicants for new water rights in the Yakima River sub-basin that includes West Richland, Richland and Badger Canyon.

They have until Friday to tell the state how to process their requests.

An administrative hold on issuing new water rights has been in place because of historic water shortages and concerns that authorizing new groundwater pumping would worsen the total water supply in the basin.

Those who have filed applications are asked to consider options such as mitigation of new water withdrawal or using covering under an existing senior water right.

For more information, call 509-575-2597.

Tri-City Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

Commenting FAQs | Terms of Service