- Associated Press - Thursday, January 8, 2015

LAKE TAPPS, Wash. (AP) - State officials say a deal struck with seven municipalities in King County will ensure there is enough water in the White River for fish.

The Cascade Water Alliance will make a record donation of water rights to a state trust. Those water rights will be held in perpetuity, so water can’t be diverted for other uses.

The Ecology Department said Thursday that the move guarantees water for people while protecting flows in a stretch of the White River flowing through the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation.

The alliance agreed to donate part of the water rights it acquired when it bought Lake Tapps in 2009. It also agreed to preserve the lake for recreation and community use. Meanwhile, Ecology agreed not to issue new water rights for a 21-mile stretch between Buckley and Sumner.

The alliance represents five cities including Bellevue and two water and sewer districts.

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