YAKIMA, Wash. — State lawmakers are seeking the public’s perspective on how Washington should invest in water management for the future at a meeting in Yakima on Thursday.
It’s part of a $250,000 study to understand the “economic consequences of investing – and not investing – in water infrastructure and fisheries habitat” projects around the state.
It was sponsored by Sen. Jim Honeyford, R-Sunnyside, and Sen. Karen Kaiser, D-Kent.
Honeyford has been urging lawmakers to address the issue for several years because the infrastructure that delivers irrigation to farms, prevents floods, and shunts stormwater off city streets are key parts of the state’s economy. Unlike transportation infrastructure, for example, there’s no dedicated funding plan for such systems.
Lawmakers included the study in the 2016 supplemental capital budget.
The conclusions are expected to help state lawmakers best allocate limited funds to support economic development, protect water quality, and restore fish habitat.
Two identical public meetings will be held in Yakima on Thursday, at 3:30 p.m. and at 5:30 p.m., at the Southeast Community Center, located at 1211 S. 7th St. in Yakima.
The original article, published Sept. 20, 2016, can be found here.