Turning the Spigot
Governor Gregoire turns a symbolic spigot releasing water for farms and fish. She is joined by Kennewick Irrigation District's David McKenzie and Patrick McGuire, Ecology's Ted Sturdevant and Derek Sandison and WSDA's Dan Newhouse.
The Red Mountain AVA/Kiona Diversion Project will provide water to:
- Irrigate 1,785 acres of vineyards in one of Washington's most globally renowned appellations--more than doubling the current acreage.The additional acreage will inject an additional $9.2 million into the economy, annually and add 103 new jobs for Washington families.
-Provide 11,005 ac-ft of water to increase streamflows in a critically low-flowing reach of the Yakima River.
Additionally, the project will protect 1,200 acres of shrub steppe habitat.
More about the project: www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wr/cwp/redmtn13.html