Agnew Water District gets grant funds

August 24th, 2004 - 5:32am


(Agnew) -- The state Department of Ecology has awarded 250-thousand dollars to the Agnew Irrigation District.

The money will be used to design the Atterberry Irrigation Reservoir that would store about 500 acre-feet of water.

Additional funds may be required to complete an environmental impact statement and permitting costs.

Ecology has given almost three million dollars to pay for nine different water studies across the state to help find ways of storing more water for future uses.

The studies will determine how surface and underground water interact, how aquifers get refilled and whether water-storage projects in specific locations will be viable. If the studies reveal the sites would work to store water, the state will have a new tool for keeping water in various river systems and protecting fish.



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