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Dispute over water permit could spell the end for sixth-generation Bi-Zi Farms

Clark County farm has been owned by the Zimmerman family since 1872

By Will Campbell, Columbian Associate Editor
Published: August 10, 2021, 6:05am
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Bill Zimmerman, co-owner of Bi-Zi Farms, said he has been unable to attain water rights from the Washington State Department of Ecology and as a result may have to reduce or shut down his farming operation.
Bill Zimmerman, co-owner of Bi-Zi Farms, said he has been unable to attain water rights from the Washington State Department of Ecology and as a result may have to reduce or shut down his farming operation. (Photos by Amanda Cowan/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

The co-owner of the beloved 105-acre, sixth-generation Bi-Zi Farms says he might have to close because of a water-rights dispute with the Washington State Department of Ecology.

“It’s a game-ender for the business,” Bill Zimmerman said Monday. “It’s a game-ender for the community.”

The Department of Ecology says the Glenwood-area farm doesn’t have a permit for its well, and it is requiring a study of the watershed before a permit can be issued.

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