A pilot program is making Columbia River water available for lease in Walla Walla County.
The Washington State Department of Ecology's Office of Columbia River is making temporary water permits available under a lease partnership with the Port of Walla Walla, owner of about 4,769 acre-feet of water formerly used to irrigate a poplar farm.
Permits will be issued for temporary uses of up to 10 years, subject to annual review.
The water will be available at a cost-recovery rate of $105 per acre-foot, per year. For information, call 509-454-4238.