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Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan (YBIP)

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May 8, 2015 - Final Environmental Impact Statement released for Cle Elum Pool Raise Project -- The Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology today released the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Cle Elum Pool Raise Project. The CEPR is a component of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan.

The Final EIS evaluates four alternatives to increase the capacity of the reservoir and improve aquatic resources for fish habitat, rearing, and migration in the Cle Elum and Yakima rivers, in addition to the No Action Alternative. Public comments received on the Draft EIS are responded to in the Final EIS.

Reclamation has identified Alternative 3–Additional Storage Capacity for Instream Flow with Hybrid Shoreline Protection—as the Preferred Alternative. Under Alternative 3, Reclamation and Ecology would improve instream flows in the lower Cle Elum River and in downstream reaches of the Yakima River.

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Cle Elum Pool Raise Project Final Environmental Impact Statement
Other Cle Elum Pool Raise Project Reports and Documents

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:

  • Fish Passage
  • Fish Habitat Enhancement
  • Modifying Existing Structures and Operations
  • Surface Storage
  • Market-Based Reallocation
  • Groundwater Storage
  • Enhanced Water Conservation

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

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YBIP In the News

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2013 Legislation

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YRBWEP Working Group Members

  • Jaclyn Hancock
    WA Department of Agriculture
  • Mike Balboni
    US Forest Service
  • Dale Bambrick
    NOAA Fisheries Service
  • Alex Conley
    Yakima Basin Fish & Wildlife Recovery Board
  • Seth Defoe
    Kennewick Irrigation District
  • Jerome Delvin
    Benton County Commission
  • Rick Dieker
    Yakima-Teiton Irrigation District
  • Urban Eberhart
    Kittitas Reclamation District
  • Michael Garrity
    American Rivers
  • Paul Jewell
    Kittitas County Commission
  • Dave Fast
    Yakama Nation
  • Mike Leita
    Yakima County Commission
  • Bill Lover
    City of Yakima
  • Sid Morrison
    Yakima Basin Storage Alliance
  • Lisa Pelly
    Trout Unlimited
  • Ron VanGundy
    Roza Irrigation District
  • Phil Rigdon
    Yakama Nation
  • Rick Roeder
    Washington Department of Natural Resources
  • Derek Sandison
    WA Department of Ecology
  • Mike Livingston
    WA Department of Fish & Wildlife
  • Jeff Thomas
    US Fish & Wildlife Service
  • Jim Trull
    Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District
  • Dawn Wiedmeier
    US Bureau of Reclamationn