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Crack shuts down massive ditch serving Columbia Basin

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EPHRATA — A crack in the concrete panels that line a main canal serving the Columbia Basin Project prompted officials to temporarily shut down some irrigation Tuesday. Located just below Pinto Dam, north of Highway 28 in eastern Grant County, the crack poses no threat to safety. But an as-yet undetermined number of irrigators will not be getting water until the ditch can be repaired early next week, an official for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said.

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