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Saturday, March 13, 2010

Columbia Basin farmers rejoice but some environmentalists worry over plans for a key irrigation pipeline

Potato farmer Orman Johnson, center, and irrigation-district manager Craig Simpson stand among tumbleweeds in a giant irrigation pipeline, dry this time of year, that delivers water from the Columbia River to farmland east of Moses Lake. In an area running out of groundwater for irrigation, another, similar pipeline is planned that will initially serve about 10,000 acres.