Watershed council to discuss issues

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The Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council is sponsoring a public meeting about local water issues.

Questions about what a watershed is, what a watershed council does, and the status of the local surface and ground water will be addressed. An update on the levee will be given.

The meeting is Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Joe Albee Room, Milton-Freewater Library, 732 S. Main St.

"Several staff members will give short presentations and be available to answer questions. If you have historic photos of the river, please bring them to share." said Brian Wolcott, director of the Watershed Council.

The Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council was one of several watershed councils formed in Oregon under state statutes to identify locally acceptable solutions to natural resource issues affecting local rivers, especially those related to water availability and federally protected fish species.

The Walla Walla Basin Watershed Council has brought in over $9 million in state and federal grant funds over the last 15 years for water efficiency and fish passage projects to reduce federal pressure on the irrigation community.

These funds have also been used for projects to restore groundwater levels, improve mountain roads to reduce sedimentation of streams, stream habitat projects, levee setbacks, science education support for local schools and monitoring improvements to groundwater levels and stream flows.

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