Going With the Flow
Over the next thirty years, blue pipes are going to be a common site in the Ellensburg area while a major construction project takes place.
Governor Jay Inslee stops by Ellensburg today to mark the beginning of a thirty year project to help restore the water system.
The governor and dozens of spectators celebrated the launch of the Manastash Creek Conservation and Tributary Enhancement Project.
Crews will be converting over 3 miles of land to pipeline in order to help bring water to the Manastash Creek, and increase flow to the Yakima and Columbia River Basin.
The project will not only help improve irrigation for surrounding farmers, but also allow fish to travel upstream, through areas where the creek would typically dry out -- one farmer views the project as an important fiscal safety net
"It's a large economic harm and, heaven forbid, if you get back to back droughts, it could possibly put us out of business," said Mark Charlton, "If we can get a more stable water supply, plus provide these other needs, I think it's a real win-win situation."
The 30-year project is expected to cost about $4 billion.