Reclamation issues draft programmatic investigation report for Yakima Basin tributaries

Media Contact: Edna Rey-Vizgirdas, (208) 378-5212, ereyvizgirdas@usbr.gov

For Release: August 01, 2018

YAKIMA, Wash. – The Bureau of Reclamation has completed a draft Yakima Basinwide Tributaries Programmatic Investigation Report. The report describes potential projects to enhance water supplies, improve habitat conditions, and benefit federally listed fish species in tributaries throughout the Yakima River basin.

The study was completed under the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project (YRBWEP) in coordination with the Yakama Nation, State of Washington, National Marine Fisheries Service, and Yakima Basin irrigators. Enhancement measures such as fish passage, water conservation, floodplain reconnection, and habitat restoration may be considered for various tributaries in the basin, based on identified needs. Any future project implementation will involve opportunities for public involvement as well as participation by the Yakama Nation, State of Washington, water users, and other stakeholders.

To obtain copies of the draft report, contact Jason Romine at jason_romine@fws.gov.

The document is available online at: https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/phase2/tribhab/index.html.

Written comments should be addressed to Jason Romine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife YRBWEP representative, Bureau of Reclamation, 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima, Wash., 98901-2058. Comments will be accepted until August 31, 2018.

Background: https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/.

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Relevant Link:

https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/phase2/tribhab/index.html

https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/