By Alison Morrow, KING 5 TV News in Seattle:
“Water management across Washington has to change, according to the state’s Supreme Court. It ruled the Department of Ecology must protect river flows despite population growth after an appeal filed by a small farmer in Yelm.
Sarah Foster’s cows aren’t just hungry. They’re also pretty thirsty, washing down apples and grass with gallons of water everyday.
‘A lot,’ she smiled. ‘They drink a lot.’
Foster also has pigs, chickens, a garden, and bees. Nearly everyone’s thirsty here. Lucky for them, Foster has senior water rights.
The city she lives in, however, is a junior water rights holder, and they’re about to outgrow their resource.
‘I would’ve planned ahead. I would’ve planned far ahead,’ Foster said.
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