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Black Rock talk

One of the more interesting ideas kicking around the Mid-Columbia is the proposed Black Rock reservoir.

The proposal is to build a 600-foot dam in the Black Rock Valley west of Hanford and fill it with 1.6 million acre feet of water pumped up from the Columbia River.

The concept has plenty of advocates and detractors.The Columbia Basin Badger Club is bringing together representatives of both sides on Feb. 27.

The panel discussion will include former U.S. Representative and current chair of the Yakima Basin Storage Alliance Sid Morrison who supports the Black Rock project.

Opposing the project is Dr. Darrell Olsen with The Pacific Northwest Project, a consulting firm specializing in water, energy and natural resources. Olsen co-wrote the new Columbia River Water Management legislation for the state.

The forum will take place at the Shilo in Richland. Reservations may be made by sending e-mail to or by calling 987-2687. Cost of the forum is $20, and luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m.

Anyone can attend Badger Club meetings, but only members are allowed to ask questions of the presenters.