Report: Healthy water supply available for irrigation season in Yakima Basin

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A report has shown that the Yakima Basin water reservoir is about 102% of normal for this time of year, meaning farmers and fish in Washington state are expected to receive a healthy supply of water this year. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that the Washington state Bureau of Reclamation released the April report showing that farmers with junior water rights are expected to receive a 96% supply, a 1% increase compared to March compared to a 16% decrease during the same time last year. Experts say the water supply for junior rights holders can be reduced during water shortages to ensure senior rights holders get their allotment amount.