Fast Focus: 'What questions do you have for the 4th District candidates?' Prioritizing water use

June 22, 2014 

Regional climate models predict decreasing snow pack in the Pacific Northwest as a result of global warming. Thus, there's the likelihood for decreased runoff water availability in late summer and fall for irrigation, hydropower, and adequate river levels and flow for fish. Given that priorities would need to be set for limited water resources, how would you prioritize these competing needs? In other words, with not enough water to adequately serve all three, which would you support as the most important to be adequately supplied for Washington state?

-- Dr. Charles N. Long, Kennewick

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