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Senator Murray Secures Major Investment for Yakima River Basin Water Project

Jul 20 2010

Murray improves upon the President’s budget request by $4 million

(Washington D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that she included $16,395,000 for the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement project in the Fiscal Year 2011 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill. In the Yakima River Basin, water shortages during the cyclical droughts pose an ongoing challenge. With this funding, the Bureau of Reclamation will be able to continue a water conservation project with the Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District.

“Nothing is more important to Yakima farmers and families than clean water, and this investment will help the local community conserve this most precious of resources,” said Senator Murray. “This investment will also ensure economic opportunities for the region’s farmers and fisherman who depend on a reliable water supply.”

“Receiving the additional funding for Sunnyside’s conservation project is great news. This additional federal funding enables Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District to move us that much faster in improving our water use efficiency,” said G. Douglas Simpson, Chairman of the Board of Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District.

Having passed the Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee today, the bill will now go to the full Appropriations Subcommittee before going to the full Senate for consideration.