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Public Meetings set for Yakima Basin Storage Study Draft Planning Report/EIS

Media Contact: John Redding, (208) 378-5212, David Kaumheimer

For Release: February 21, 2008


Public Meetings set for Yakima Basin Storage Study Draft Planning Report/EIS

What: Public meetings and open houses for the Yakima River Basin Water Storage Feasibility Study Draft Planning Report Environmental Impact Statement.

When & Where: Open houses from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. followed by public hearings from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

February 27 - Yakima Convention Center, 10 North 8th Street, Yakima, Wash. (Suites 300 & 400) February 28 - Three Rivers Convention Center, 7016 West Grandridge Blvd., Kennewick, Wash. (Rooms G & H)

Why: To receive oral comments from the public to help develop and evaluate alternatives that could create additional water storage for the Yakima River basin and assess their potential to improve anadromous fish habitat, irrigation water supply during dry years, and meet future demand for municipal water supply.

How: Comments may be submitted orally, electronically, or by regular mail. Oral comments may be presented at the four public hearings and open houses.

Questions about the public hearings or the Draft PR/EIS can be asked of Mr. David Kaumheimer, Environmental Program Manager. Phone: (509) 575-5848 ext. 232; Fax: (509) 454-5650. TTY users may dial 711 to obtain a toll free TTY relay. Or Email:

Additional information:

Copies of the document have been mailed to parties at their request, to area Tribes, and appropriate local, State, and Federal government agencies. In addition, Reclamation and ecology offices, and local libraries will also have copies available for viewing. Copies of the report are available by phoning (509) 575-5848 ext. 612, or it can be viewed online at:

The public hearing facilities are physically accessible to persons with disabilities. Requests for special assistance should be made to Mr. David Kaumheimer at the contact information above.

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