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Reduced water allotment for junior rights holders in Washington's Yakima River basin
9/16/2019 12:00:00 AM

Relief, Response & Restrictions
Water Supply & Quality
Benton County, WA
Benton City, WA
Yakima County, WA
Grandview, WA
Granger, WA
Moxee City, WA
Selah, WA
Sunnyside, WA
Zillah, WA

Start Date: 6/7/2019 - End Date: 9/30/2019
Yakima Basin junior water rights holders will continue receiving 69 percent of their allotted allocations, an increase of two percentage points since July, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced on Aug. 16. Cooler weather in July allowed junior water rights holders to have just a little bit more water. Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.), Aug. 16, 2019 Junior water rights holders in the Yakima River basin will get an estimated 67 percent supply for irrigation after the Bureau of Reclamation updated its forecast. Senior water rights holders will still receive a full allotment. Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.), July 3, 2019 Junior water rights holders in the Yakima River Basin, including the Roza Irrigation District, were prorated to 72 percent as water supplies were low. The forecast will be updated on July 3. Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.), June 30, 2019 Water users in the Roza Irrigation District and other junior rights holders will receive 74 percent of their allotment through Sept. 30, according to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s June forecast. Low reservoir levels in October 2018, lower than normal winter runoff and below average mountain snowfall limited water supplies. Yakima Herald-Republic (Wash.), June 7, 2019