Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan (YBIP)
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology have released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance projects for public comment.
The proposed projects are a component of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan.
Questions or comments on the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance Draft EIS will be accepted until March 10, 2015. Public Meetings will be held on February 3rd and 5th in Ellensburg and Cle Elum, respectively. (more info about the public meetings and the commenting process)
In June 2009, Ecology and Reclamation brought representatives from the Yakama Nation, irrigation districts, environmental organizations, and federal, state, county, and city governments together to form the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project (YRBWEP) Working Group to help develop a consensus-based solution to the basin’s water problems. Over the next 18 months, the group developed the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan (Plan). Ecology and Reclamation issued a Programmatic Environmental Impact (PEIS) for the Plan March 2, 2012. The PEIS serves as a framework for the plan. Individual projects will each receive a more specific environmental review.
The Plan includes the following elements:
Integrated Plan At-a-Glance
For more information about the plan, see the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan.
Focus Sheets and Other Materials
YRBWEP Working Group Documents
Yakima River Basin Environmental Reports and Documents
YBIP In the News
Other YBIP Related Sites:
Yakima Basin Integrated Plan Email List
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YRBWEP Working Group Members
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