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After 14 years, Bi-Zi Farms’ owners still await state approval of vital water rights permit

Farm in Glenwood area of Clark County has been in family since 1872

By Shari Phiel, Columbian staff writer
Published: June 4, 2023, 6:04am
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Bi-Zi Farms employees Belle LaSalata and Lily Treloggen ready a pile of gourds for customers at the farm's produce store. The farm's owners say they are still fighting for access to water the farm needs to survive.
Bi-Zi Farms employees Belle LaSalata and Lily Treloggen ready a pile of gourds for customers at the farm's produce store. The farm's owners say they are still fighting for access to water the farm needs to survive. (Shari Phiel/The Columbian) Photo Gallery

One of the first things you notice about Bill Zimmerman is his hands.

Deeply calloused and as wide and strong as a bear paw, they offer a bruising handshake. They tell the story of a man long familiar with working the fields and battling the elements. But there’s one battle Zimmerman can’t win on strength alone, and that’s his fight for water rights.

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