Port-owned water available for lease

The water comes from a right on a former poplar farm; permits will be good for up to 10 years.

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Port of Walla Walla-owned water is available for lease through a pilot program from the Department of Ecology.

The state Ecology's Office of Columbia River is making temporary water permits available through a lease partnership with the Port.

Walla Walla's economic development agency owns the water right on Wallula property that was formerly used to irrigate a poplar farm across from Boise Inc.

A pilot program through the state is making the Columbia River water available for lease in Walla Walla County, according to the announcement from Ecology.

Water was available starting Monday at a cost-recovery rate of $104 per acre foot, per year.

Water must be withdrawn from the Columbia River or adjacent groundwater and used within the Walla Walla watershed. Permits will be issued for temporary uses of up to 10 years, subject to annual review.

Those interested should contact Mark Schuppe, 509-454-4238, for more information.

Application information is available at ubne.ws/orzjqm.

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