Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan (YBIP)
Help us scope environmental impact statements for the Integrated Plan's Cle Elum Pool Raise, Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance and Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant Projects
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington State Department of Ecology Office of Columbia River are beginning preparation of Environmental Impact Statements for the Cle Elum Pool Raise, Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance (K to K) and Kachess Inactive Storage (aka Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant) Projects. The documents will be joint National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Environmental Impact Statements.
Comments: The agencies are seeking comment on the scope of the Environmental Impact Statements. Please submit comments by December 16, 2013 at the address listed below:
Two scoping meetings, combined with open houses each day, will be held on the following dates and times:
The Cle Elum Pool Raise Project would raise Cle Elum Reservoir by three feet, providing an additional 14,600 ac-ft of storage capacity. The water would be put to both instream and out of stream use.
The Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant Project would provide an additional 200,000 ac-ft of water available for drought relief by tapping into the reservoir's inactive storage (water that is stored below the current outlet structure).
The K to K Conveyance Project allows for additional storage by moving water from Keechelus Reservoir, which lies in a basin that catches more water than can be stored in the reservoir, to Kachess Reservoir, which has additional storage capacity.
More information about commenting on the Environmental Impact Statements:
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.
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YRBWEP Working Group Documents
Yakima River Basin Environmental Reports and Documents
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