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Tourism jobs dry up as Wanapum drawdown continues

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EPHRATA — The shrunken reservoir behind a damaged Wanapum Dam could be one reason tourism jobs are drying up in Grant County.

In June, Grant County lost 260 jobs in tourism and another 100 in retail as recreation on the Wanapum Dam reservoir slowed to a trickle, said the state Employment Security Department. The reservoir’s shoreline was closed in March following the discovery of a fracture in one of the dam’s spillways and drawdown of the reservoir on the dam’s upstream side.

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