Here’s something every resident of Pullman, Moscow and nearby communities should know: Our groundwater supply is declining. No one knows how long it will last. That’s why conserving water should be a top priority for anyone concerned about the future of communities in the Palouse region of Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.

The water levels in the Grande Ronde aquifer dropped by an average of 1.3 feet per year for 50 years or more, although the decline since 2006 has averaged ..66 feet per year, according to the 2015 Palouse Ground Water Basin Water Use Report. With the population growing, and alternate supplies of water hard to come by and very expensive, there’s every reason to remain concerned. So please do your part, and encourage our cities, universities and businesses to take leadership on the water issue, too.

Opinion: WSU should drive smarter water decisions

Do you think leaders on the Palouse should do more to promote water conservation? Let them know.

President Kirk Schulz, Washington State University

Chuck Staben, President, University of Idaho

Glenn Johnson, Mayor, City of Pullman
509-338-3316, email

Bill Lambert, Mayor, City of Moscow