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What are the implications of a proposal to withdraw water for the Columbia in the winter so it's available to irrigate crops and help fish survive in dry summer months?

What are the implications of a proposal to withdraw water for the Columbia in the winter so it's available to irrigate crops and help fish survive in dry summer months?

Amelia Templeton

The symposium, “Columbia River Water: How will it be allocated?” took place Tuesday, January 29 in Portland.

Listen to the archived audio:


Or watch the archived video:

The symposium was sponsored by Capital Press, Oregon Public Broadcasting, and the Northwest Ag Show. Panelists were Craig Reeder of Hale Farms, Paul Lumley of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Mary Lou Soscia of the Environmental Protection Agency and Ed Sheets, a consultant. Moderators for the event were Steve Forrester, president and CEO of the EO Media Group, and Cassandra Profita, OPB’s Ecotrope blogger.

For background on the proposal to withdraw water during the winter months from the Columbia and store it in the Umatilla Basin aquifer, check out this report by the Capital Press and watch the video below from EarthFix.

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