By Brook Beeler, communication manager, Eastern Region
The Columbia River system has been lowered in response to a
crack in the dam near Vantage.
“We are so appreciative of the partnership and cooperation
among the state agency family. Each has shown commitment to ensuring homes,
farms, and communities have access to water. Whether it's manpower, funding, or
creative problem-solving, our partners have made the response to ensure secure
water supplies is as smooth as possible,” said Ecology Eastern Regional Director
Ecology has received 33 reports of water users experiencing problems
with either irrigation infrastructure or groundwater wells, so far. Some also
report their problems have been resolved and assistance isn’t currently needed.
Those that do need help are being scheduled for technical
assistance site visits. Washington State Conservation Commission and Department
of Fish and Wildlife staff are on the ground working directly with farmers to
complete permit applications for in-water work. In some cases, farmers are
receiving verbal approval and can begin work immediately.
In addition, Ecology has sent letters to water right holders
in the Wanapum and Rock Island pools reminding water users that customer service
representatives are available to take calls for anyone experiencing problems. This
will help narrow the inventory of potential problems as Ecology explores
approaches to remedy water supply concerns.
Customer service phone lines: Chelan, Douglas, and Kittitas counties call
509-575-2490; Grant county call 509-329-3400
For detailed and up-to-date information visit our website: Wanapum
Dam structural damage could affect water supply.
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