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Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance Project

Kachess ReservoirThe Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology are conducting a feasibility study for the Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance (KKC) Project to examine the feasibility and acceptability of conveying water from the Keechelus Reservoir to Kachess Reservoir in order to reduce flows in the upper Yakima River for fish rearing and habitat, and to augment flows into Kachess Reservoir to improve the capability for refill in dry years.

The KKC Project is one of several potential structural and operation changes projects being analyzed to improve water resources management in the Yakima River basin.  The Study is being performed under the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project (YRBWEP) Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan (Integrated Plan).  The purpose of the Integrated Plan is to provide additional water supply for agriculture and municipal and domestic uses as well as improving ecological conditions for fish.  The Integrated Plan was developed under authority provided to Reclamation by under the 1979 YRBWEP Feasibility Study Authorization (Public Law 96-162, December 28, 1979); existing YRBWEP Act (P.L. 103-434, October 31, 1994, as amended by P.L. 105-62, October 13, 1997; and P.L. 106-372, October 27, 2000).  The Integrated Plan, in effect, constitutes Phase 3 of YRBWEP.

The KKC Feasibility Study will be performed concurrently with the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant (KDRPP) (formerly identified as Kachess Reservoir Inactive Storage) Feasibility Study.  The KDRPP Feasibility Study involves analyses of accessing reservoir water currently stored below the elevation of the existing reservoir outlet works.  Each separate study will produce its own feasibility reports including a planning report, feasibility design report, and economics technical report.  However, due to the potential connectivity of the two projects, a single environmental impact statement (EIS) will be prepared, which will include site-specific environmental analyses for both proposed projects.

Scoping Meetings were held November 20 in Yakima, WA, and November 21 in Cle Elum, WA.

 
Meetings
11/2013 Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance Project Scoping Meeting HTML
 

YRBWEP Reports

03/2014 Scoping Summary Report for the Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance and Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant Enivronmental Impact Statement PDF 9.26 mb
09/2013 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Technical Memorandum: Screening of Alternatives for the Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance Project PDF 5.89 mb
07/2013 Record of Decision for the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement PDF 559 kb
04/2013 First Annual Progress Report Clear Creek Dam Passage Assessment PDF 5.20 mb
04/2013 Appraisal Study of Kittitas Valley Delivery Systems for Groundwater Recharge and Creek Flows Technical Memoranda PDF 3.76 mb
10/2012 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Framework for Implementation Report PDF 3.21 mb
10/2012 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Four Accounts Analysis PDF 1.63 mb
10/2012 Technical Memorandum: Preliminary Cost Allocation for the Proposed Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan PDF 1.01 mb
06/2012 Yakima River Basin Study Technical Memorandum: Cost Risk Assessment of Six Projects from the Proposed Integrated Water Resource Management Plan PDF 2.49 mb
03/2012 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Plan Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) PDF 18.6 mb
03/2012 Executive Summary for the Final PEIS PDF 4.19 mb
02/2012 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resources Management Plan Final Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Report PDF 2.68 mb
11/2011 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) PDF 8.43 mb
11/2011 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan, Draft PEIS, Executive Summary PDF 830 kb
11/2011 Yakima River Basin Water Resource Management Plan Draft Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Report PDF 1.43 mb
08/2011 Scoping Summary Report Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management PDF 8.39 mb
08/2011 Addendum to the Proposed Integrated Water Resource Management Plan, Vol. 1 PDF 382 kb
04/2011 Proposed Integrated Water Resource Management Plan: Vol. 1 PDF 2.48 mb
03/2011 Final Integrated Plan Summary Support Document PDF 331 kb
03/2011 Technical Memoranda: Volume 2 HTML
12/2009 Preliminary Integrated Water Resource Management Plan for the Yakima River Basin HTML
07/2009 YRBWEP Fact Sheet PDF 57 kb
01/2008 Yakima River Basin Fish Passage, Phase I and II Fish Screen Construction Project Completion Report PDF 745 kb
11/2002 Yakima River Basin Interim Operation Plan PDF 6.0 mb
04/1985 Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Phase 2, Status Report PDF 3.1 mb
02/1984 Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Phase 2, Draft Plan of Study PDF 5.5 mb
01/1984 Damsite and Structure Review Team Report PDF 24.36 mb
08/1982 Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Phase 1 Study Team Report PDF 6.0 mb
     
Reference Documents
1979-84 YRBWEP Authorization Documents HTML
07/2009 Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Timeline PDF 183 kb
12/2008 Yakima River Basin Water Storage Feasibility Study Planning Report/EIS HTML
06/2009 Washington State Dept. of Ecology Final EIS HTML
08/2008 Yakima Steelhead Recovery Plan HTML
01/2008 System Operations Technical Document for the Yakima River Basin Technical Series No. TS-YSS-21 PDF
2006-08 USGS Yakima Basin Studies HTML
03/2009 Climate Impact Group - Climate change impact on water management and irrigated agriculture in the Yakima River Basin, Washington, USA PDF 409 kb
09/2007 Detailed Implementation Plan PDF 3.71 mb
05/2006 Yakima River Basin Water Storage Alternatives Appraisal Assessment Technical Series No. TS-YSS-8 PDF 6.05 mb
01/2003 Watershed Management Plan PDF 18.36 mb
05/1999 System Operation Advisory Committee (SOAC) Report on Biologically Based Flows for the Yakima River Basin PDF 2.3 mb
06/1989 Appraisal Assessment of Tributary Storage Potentials - Kittitas Valley, Washington PDF 8.3 mb
05/1978 Yakima River Reregulating Storage - Feasibility Study PDF 10.8 mb
05/1978 Yakima River Reregulating Storage - Appendix A-E PDF 4.3mb
     
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Washington State Department of Ecology
 
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Contact
Wendy Christensen
gchristensen@usbr.gov
Derek Sandison
dsan461@ecy.wa.gov
Bureau of Reclamation
Pacific Northwest Region
Columbia-Cascades Area Office
1917 Marsh Road
Yakima, WA 98901-2058
(509) 575-5848 x203

Director, Office of Columbia River
State of Washington
Department of Ecology
15 W. Yakima Ave, Ste 200
Yakima, WA  98902-3452
( 509) 457-7120

Last Update: April 4, 2014 1:12 PM