Released On: October 29, 2003
This field review involved looking at the topographic, geologic, design, and construction aspects of a potential dam at the Black Rock water storage site. The overall field review involved an assessment of possible Columbia River pumping plant sites in the vicinity of Priest Rapids Dam, an examination of the dam site itself, as well as flow alignments for filling the proposed reservoir and delivering water to the Yakima River basin.
"Existing data will be verified and additional data needs identified in order to do a thorough investigation of this Black Rock site," said Norbert Ries, Reclamation planning officer.
The field review is expected to extend through Thursday, Ries said.
Reclamation is conducting a Yakima River Basin Water Storage Feasibility Study of options for additional water storage to benefit the Yakima River Basin. This study was authorized by Congress in February of this year. The authorization instructed Reclamation to place emphasis on the feasibility of storage of Columbia River water in the potential Black Rock Reservoir.
The proposed reservoir site is approximately 30 miles east of Yakima, Washington.
With a potential capacity of 1.7 million acre-feet, the proposed reservoir would more than double existing water storage in the Yakima River Basin. Water would be drawn from the Columbia River near Priest Rapids Dam. Reclamation will compare the proposed Black Rock Dam and Reservoir with other options during a feasibility study of storage potentials in the Yakima River basin.
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