Columbia Basin Project

Main Canal Leak
4:58 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Irrigation Canal Rupture Could Stress Many Eastern Washington Farms

Bureau of Reclamation

Originally published on Wed May 1, 2013 3:41 pm

A major irrigation canal has sprung a leak in Eastern Washington. That could stress crops across a huge swath of the Columbia Basin just as the weather inches up into the 80s this weekend.

The river-like Main Canal of the aging Columbia Basin Project is largely out of commission. Six concrete panels that line it buckled and have to be replaced. Workers have to lower the flows on hundreds of miles of canals downstream from the break for days so they can pour new concrete.

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