Department of Ecology News Release - September 15, 2014

More time to comment on Yakima water temperature plan

YAKIMA – Following requests from stakeholders at a recent public meeting, the Washington Department of Ecology has extended the comment period on the draft water quality improvement plan to reduce temperatures in certain portions of upper Yakima River tributaries.

Comments will now be accepted for an additional 30 days, through Oct. 22, 2014.

Water that is too warm can cause stress and harm to fish. In many of the streams that connect to the upper Yakima River, warm summer water temperatures cause these streams to fall short of Washington’s water quality requirements. Salmon, steelhead and bull trout use the upper Yakima River tributaries as important migration routes and as spawning and rearing areas.

The report can be reviewed online or in person at public libraries in Ellensburg, Cle Elum and Roslyn. Copies can also be requested by calling 509-454-7860.

Send written comments to Jane Creech at Department of Ecology, 15 W. Yakima Ave, Suite 200, Yakima, WA 98902, or via email: jane.creech@ecy.wa.gov.

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Contact:

Joye Redfield-Wilder, Ecology communications, 509-575-2610; @ecyCentral