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Washington state representatives introduced new legislation into the U.S. House to advance a water plan for Washington’s Yakima Valley. The bill, H.R. 4686, would authorize federal funding for a lengthy list of water projects in the central part of the state.

A warming climate could make water more scarce for places that depend on runoff from mountain snowpack, which could be especially troublesome for agricultural hubs like the Yakima Valley.

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A plan to ensure there’s plenty of water for the Yakima Valley is one step closer to moving forward. A bill that aims to bring drought relief to the agricultural area would provide federal funding for water projects. But not everyone is on board.

Several dairies accused of polluting the groundwater in Washington’s Yakima Valley will now start handling their waste more carefully. That’s because a federal judge has approved an order between environmental groups and dairies. Environmental groups had sued the dairies because they worried about pollution leaking into water supplies.

The Roza Irrigation District in Eastern Washington’s Yakima Valley is shutting off the water for two weeks because of drought. About a billion dollars in crops are on the line.