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Water-right bill signed into law

Measure will go into effect on June 6

OLYMPIA - Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill into law to allow for water right modifications in the Columbia Basin Project area.

Authored by Rep. Mary Dye, R-Pomeroy, House Bill 1752 authorizes the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to apply and obtain approval for water-right modifications and provides farmers flexibility as new pumping systems are developed to save the Odessa Aquifer.

The new law goes into effect June 6.

According to Dye, efficient use of federal water would assist in getting the most value from large public irrigation systems under construction by allowing more acres to be served wi...


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