Columbia River treaty raises water user questions

Outlet: Capital Press

April 11, 2013

AIRWAY HEIGHTS, Wash. — Farmers and irrigators worry how changes to the Columbia River Treaty between the United States and Canada could impact their water supply. Norm Semanko, executive director of the Idaho Water Users Association, said water supply and irrigation are not getting enough attention during the treaty review. “It’s almost an afterthought,” he said. “It should be part of the goals and objectives of the process to make sure we have enough water for water supply, for irrigation, for food security.”