White Salmon, Yakama Nation seek water supply

Hood River News

Local, state, and tribal partners are exploring if the White Salmon River could be used as an alternative source for drinking water during the summer.

The Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation is the latest member of a key advisory group to dedicate funding towards the next round of studies aimed at exploring the reliability and feasibility to establish a new surface water diversion on the White Salmon River.

Bill Sharp, project coordinator with Yakama Nation Fisheries, said the agreement, which is still in process, was created for cost-sharing purposes since the group sees a benefit to examining further whether the White Salmon River could provide suitable drinking water in the summer, leaving Buck Creek as a habitable tributary for instream aquatic resources during spawn season.

Sharp said there is data to show that decreasing the flow withdrawal could lead to an increase in natural resources.

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