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Lawmaker asks for details on $4 billion Yakima water project

Lawmaker asks for details on $4 billion Yakima water project
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SEATTLE (AP) — State Rep. Reuven Carlyle is asking the governor to detail how the state will pay for a proposed $4.2 billion plan to bring more water to the Yakima River Valley.

The plan was tentatively endorsed by the Legislature earlier this year.

The Seattle Times reports that among other things, the plan calls for fish passages on dams, new and bigger reservoirs, and a 5-mile-long tunnel to move water between lakes.

Carlyle, D-Seattle, chair of the House Finance Committee, sent a letter to Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday asking for details on how the plan would be funded.

Carlyle says he's worried that the federal government won't help and that the state will be responsible for the entire cost.

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