Water forecast subject of public meetings

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RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) -- State officials are holding the first of three workshops to discuss a study into water supply and demand in the Columbia River basin over the next 20 years.

The report is Washington's first comprehensive look into future water supplies and demands in Eastern Washington. It's being developed by the state Ecology and Fish and Wildlife departments and Washington State University.

The report is due to the Legislature in November. Public meetings about the report are being held Wednesday in Richland, Thursday in Wenatchee and Friday in Spokane.