Plenty of water for growers in the Yakima Valley this year. The Bureau of Reclamation’s April 2012, Total Water Supply Available (TWSA) forecast for the Yakima Basin indicates a full water supply for both senior and junior water rights.

“We are expecting an above average water supply at this time,” said Chuck Garner, Yakima Project River Operations supervisor.  "The water in the snowpack is well above average with the heavy snowfall we’ve received from late February through the end of March."

At this time both junior and senior water rights holders are expected to receive their full water supply.  The water supply forecast will be updated each month through July.  Specific water delivery levels will not be determined until later in the year when the reservoir system’s storage begins to decline.