The Yakima River in Washington, like the Colorado River and the Sacramento Delta, has been the focus of nasty, divisive water wars for years. But it now appears that a landmark agreement is within reach for the Yakima. This gives hope to other areas where disputes over water seem to never be resolved. Sometimes warring sides really can come together and make peace. The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan is a model of cooperation that shows others how to resolve their differences for the common good. May others take heed and follow their example.
Sacramento Delta and Colorado River, are you listening? If water stakeholders in the Yakima River basin can come to an agreement, so can you.