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Thursday, August 09, 2012

A new group is working on an agreement between storing water for summer crops and conservation interests.

The group is working through the Oregon Solutions process at Portland State University. If successful, their work could realize significant gains for business through water storage, but must first address water needs for fish and other conservation causes and honor an 1855 treaty with tribes.

The group — which includes representation from tribes, state and federal agencies and farmers, plus nonprofit groups, electricity generators and the Port of Morrow — will be considering emerging possibilities for water storage in eastern Oregon by pairing with the Washington Department of Ecology’s Office of Columbia River. The office recently completed an appraisal of water storage options in Washington and will consider possible partnerships and investments.

Read more at Sustainable Business Oregon.

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