State, feds celebrate new Columbia River project

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MOSES LAKE, Wash. (AP) -- Gov. Chris Gregoire says Washington cities that lack water during times of drought will be helped by a new project to deliver Columbia River water in Eastern Washington.

State and federal officials gathered east of Moses Lake on Tuesday to sign an agreement to deliver water to these communities.

It's being made possible by a project to draw down Lake Roosevelt, the reservoir behind Grand Coulee Dam. Water will be used to aid irrigators who draw well water from a declining aquifer and to provide new water rights for communities.

Some of that water also will remain in the river to improve stream flows for threatened and endangered fish.