Media Advisory: Spotlighting Yakima Basin Partnerships

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212
Tim McCoy, (509) 575-5848 ext. 209

For Release: June 01, 2012

YAKIMA, Wash. - The spotlight will be on a new, highly efficient water delivery system designed to meet agricultural and environmental needs today and for generations to come.

Who: The Sunnyside Valley Irrigation District (SVID), Bureau of Reclamation, Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology), and the Yakama Nation.

What: Completion of Phase I Sunnyside Canal Improvement Project authorized under the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project (YRBWEP) Water Conservation Program. The project includes: replacement of 30 manually-operated check structures with fully automated gates; construction of three re-regulation reservoirs; and the installation of a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system for efficient water operations from a central location.

When: June 6, from 10 am - 12:30 pm

Where: The event will take place at Reregulation Reservoir 37.10 adjacent to the Sunnyside Canal near Route 241 and Van Belle Road, about 2 miles northeast of Sunnyside, Wash.

Why: Celebrating the completion a nine-year, $45 million water conservation project designed to improve irrigation deliveries and in-stream flows for fish in the Yakima River.

How: For details contact Tim McCoy, YRBWEP manager, (509) 575-5848 (#209) or Jim Trull, SVID manager, (509) 837-6980.

Event Speakers and Activities:

Jim Trull, SVID District Manager, will introduce the guest speakers which include:

• Robert Golob, chairman of Sunnyside Division Board of Control; Yakama Nation representative invited; Tom Tebb, Ecology Central Regional Office director; Bill Gray, Reclamation Columbia-Cascades Area manager; and Lorri Lee, Reclamation Pacific Northwest Regional Director

• A keyboard stroke by Regional Director Lee will turn the system on to underscore new technology and efficiency.

• Educational displays and brochures explaining the construction, coordination, and the high-tech tools used to manage the system.

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