Pasco Ag Show & Salmon Failure

Pasco Ag Show & Salmon Failure

Pasco Ag Show & Salmon Failure. I'm Greg Martin with today's Northwest Report.

NW ag producers have a big ag show in the heart of SE Washington's growing region with the Pasco Real Ag Show. The two-day event wraps up today at the TRAC facility in Pasco. Madi Clark with show talks about how the show has grown.

CLARK: We've grown a lot. We're filled up at the very beginning. We're so excited we have more vendors and more exhibitors this year so it's been great to see the new as well as the old coming back. We have over a hundred this year. We have the biggest program we've had ever. So it's been great to see a full program. We appreciate having more people participate in that.

Salmon in the Clackamas River may not know it but the Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that the state Water Resources Department failed to limit the amount of water cities and water districts can draw from the lower Clackamas River. It seems threatened and endangered salmon need water. What is going on is that there are undeveloped water rights under old withdrawal permits which were granted before the potential harm to salmon was a consideration. Some of those rights date back to the early 20th century. The court found that the department failed to justify how it made it's conclusion that allowing river flows to drop below Fish and Wildlife recommended levels didn't harm salmon.

That's today's Northwest Report. I'm Greg Martin on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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