Washington Gov. Christine Gregoire (D) on Feb. 16 signed into law a water resource management bill for the Columbia River that authorizes the state to issue more than $200 million in bonds to develop new water storage facilities and implement conservation projects. The new law is meant to develop new water supplies using storage and conservation for economic development while at the same time maintaining river flow to accommodate fish. At least two-thirds of the funds target development of new storage facilities. The plan does not address potential harm caused by dams.
New Columbia River Plans Inked
February 27, 2006