Upper Yakima River Geographic Response Plan (YAKU-GRP)

The Upper Yakima River GRP planning area is approximately 439 square miles and resides within the boundaries of Kittitas and Yakima Counties. Fully or partially, it includes the towns or cities of Cle Elum, Easton, Ellensburg, Kittitas, Ronald, Roslyn, South Cle Elum, and Thorp. It entirely resides within the boundaries of the 13th and 15th Legislative Districts. Portions of WRIA 39 (Upper Yakima) fall within this planning area, and includes: Balmers Canyon (1.5 Miles), Benwy Canyon (1.6 Miles), Big Creek (2.8 Miles), Burbank Creek (5.1 Miles), Cabin Creek (10.4 Miles), Caribou Creek (3.4 Miles), Carlson Canyon (1.2 Miles), Cedar Gulch (1 Miles), Cherry Creek (3.9 Miles), Cle Elum River (8 Miles), Cole Creek (1.5 Miles), Coleman Creek (5.9 Miles), Cooke Creek (3.9 Miles), Cottonwood Creek (0.1 Miles), Crystal Creek (3.8 Miles), Curly Canyon (1.1 Miles), Currier Creek (5.2 Miles), Domerie Creek (5.2 Miles), Dry Creek (11.8 Miles), Green Canyon (3.1 Miles), Greens Canyon (1.2 Miles), Horse Canyon (2.9 Miles), Kachess River (1.5 Miles), Little Creek (3.2 Miles), Log Creek (1.5 Miles), Long Tom Canyon (3.1 Miles), Manastash Creek (3.9 Miles), McPherson Canyon (3.7 Miles), Meadow Creek (0.7 Miles), Morrison Canyon (3.5 Miles), Mosquito Creek (2.5 Miles), Musser Creek (1.6 Miles), Naneum Creek (5.7 Miles), No.5 Canyon (1.4 Miles), Noble Creek (0.5 Miles), North Fork Squaw Creek (1.6 Miles), North Winegar Canyon (1.5 Miles), Page Canyon (2.2 Miles), Park Creek (3.8 Miles), Peterson Creek (2.3 Miles), Price Creek (0.5 Miles), Rattlesnake Canyon (1.5 Miles), Reecer Creek (7.5 Miles), Robinson Creek (2.5 Miles), Roza Creek (4.2 Miles), Scorpion Coulee Creek (4.2 Miles), Selah Creek (2.5 Miles), Shushuskin Canyon (2 Miles), Silver Creek (1.7 Miles), Spex Arth Creek (2.1 Miles), Spring Canyon (1.7 Miles), Squaw Creek (7.2 Miles), Stampede Creek (3.5 Miles), Steiners Canyon (2.3 Miles), Stone Quarry Canyon (2.9 Miles), Swauk Creek (7.3 Miles), Taneum Creek (5.4 Miles), Teanaway River (4.9 Miles), Thornton Creek (1.3 Miles), Tillman Creek (3.1 Miles), Tucker Creek (3 Miles), Umtanum Creek (4.1 Miles), Wagner Canyon (1.4 Miles), Watt Canyon (1.3 Miles), Wilson Creek (8.9 Miles), and the Yakima River (81.6 Miles). No tribal reservations are located within the planning area, but the Colville, Nez Perce, Puyallup, Tulalip, and Yakama Tribes all have potential interests in the area. Major roadways include: Hwy 10 (25.6 Miles), Hwy 821 (24.3 Miles), Hwy 903 (17.3 Miles), Hwy 97 (23.6 Miles), Hwy 970 (11.3 Miles), Interstate 82 (63.9 Miles), and Interstate 90 (83.5 Miles). BNSF (111.2 Miles) is the only company that owns railroad track in this area. No contingency plan holding oil facilities or pipelines are located within the boundaries of this planning area. The Upper Yakima River GRP is bordered by the proposed Upper Green GRP to the west, and the Yakima River GRP to the south and southwest.

View the Upper Yakima River GRP (June 2017) (PDF 8 MB)

Interim Updates

In between plan updates, GRP strategies are tested during drills and actual spill events. The results of these tests may require changes to certain response strategies, notification strategies, staging areas, or boat launch locations. Eventually, these changes will be fully incorporated into the plan. Until that time, please use the updated strategy and information sheets below in lieu of that provided for similarly numbered locations in the published plan.

There are no interim updates at this time

How to Comment

If you have any questions or comments, suggestions for improvement, or find errors in this document please submit comments online at http://www.rrt10nwac.com/Comment, email them to us at GRPs@ecy.wa.gov, or forward them via U.S. Mail to the following agencies:

United States Environmental Protection Agency
Region 10
Office of Environmental Cleanup
1200 Sixth Avenue
Room ECL-116
Seattle, WA 98101

Washington State Department of Ecology
Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (GRPs)
P.O. Box 47600
Olympia, WA 98504-7600