Federal Appeals Court Hears Oral Arguments On Lake Roosevelt Storage/Drawdown Project

Oral argument in federal appeals court in Seattle Tuesday focused on whether the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation properly considered “cumulative” and “indirect” effects on the environment in permitting the additional drawdown of central Washington’s Lake Roosevelt by as much as 132,500 acre-feet annually to feed irrigation in the Odessa Subarea and industries and cities, and to augment in-stream flows for salmon and other fish.

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