Sen. Slade Gorton, R-Wash., has asked
Secretary of Commerce William Daley to allow irrigation water to be delivered
to Methow Valley farmers who have been denied permission to use six ditches
because of the risk to endangered and threatened salmon, steelhead and
bull trout.
“The irrigation season began earlier
this month, and dozens of farmers with fields that depend on water from
these ditches are facing economic ruin if they do not receive water soon,”
Gorton said in a letter to …

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