Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla seek $50M slice of the new Columbia Basin pie
By CURT WOODWARD
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
"The $200 million program seeks to make more water available by increasing storage in new reservoirs. Two-thirds of the water would go to users like farmers and cities, and one-third would go back to the river for fish.
"The Umatilla tribes - which have treaty rights on the Washington side of the border - are first asking for $400,000 to complete an Army Corps of Engineers study on their leading alternatives.
"The final project will likely either be a new reservoir on Pine Creek, a tributary in Oregon, or a system of pumps, pipes and canals that will replace irrigation draws with water from the Columbia.
"The $50 million would be Washington state's share of the overall construction price, which is estimated to cost at least $250 million."