Cle Elum Pool Raise Project

A Component of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan

Cle Elum Dam

Reclamation modified the radial gates at the Cle Elum Dam spillway in April 2017 and completed modifications to three saddle dikes in 2018 to allow the reservoir to rise by 3 feet (2,240 to 2,243 feet). This will inundate areas around the reservoir not currently inundated for approximately 40 days per year around June and July. All shoreline protection measures will be completed prior to raising the reservoir levels.

Reclamation and Ecology are currently implementing shoreline protection actions for private and public lands and facilities. In November 2017, Reclamation completed shoreline protection for the U.S. Forest Service facilities at Cle Elum River Campground.

Shoreline protection for Speelyi Day Use Area is in progress, and its access road is closed through spring 2019. Shoreline protection actions will begin for the Timber Cove Drive Area and Wish Poosh Campground in 2019, while other actions will be awarded as funding becomes available. Shoreline landowners and the public will be notified about shoreline designs and construction timing via mail and postings at U.S. Forest Service facilities. Reclamation and Ecology continue to meet with landowners throughout project implementation, which is expected to take about 5 years. Shoreline Protection Map >>

To understand further how the Cle Elum Pool Raise is tied to the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, see the Seven Elements Map and the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Final Programmatic EIS online at https://www.usbr.gov/pn/programs/yrbwep/2011integratedplan/index.html.

The Cle Elum Pool Raise Project will increase water storage capacity in the Cle Elum Reservoir up to an additional 14,600 acre-feet. This project is part of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan, a long-term ecosystem restoration plan to restore aquatic functions and provide increased reliability of water resources in the Yakima River basin. When the pool raise project is completed, the additional water will be dedicated to enhancing instream flows for fish rearing, fish habitat, and migration.

The Cle Elum Dam and Reservoir was built in 1933 to advance the mission of the Yakima Project. This pool raise project is the first new water storage project in the Yakima Project in more than 80 years.

Congress specifically authorized the project in Sections 1205 and 1206 of the Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 1994 (Public Law 103-434, Title XII, Yakima River Basin Water Enchantment Project.

Reclamation and Ecology released the Cle Elum Pool Raise Project Final Environmental Impact Statement (Final EIS) in May 2015; the Record of Decision was signed in June 2015.

Meetings
11/2013 Cle Elum Pool Raise Scoping Meeting HTML
Reports
06/2015 Record of Decision for the Cle Elum Pool Raise Project Final Environmental Impact Statement PDF 5.56 mb
05/2015 Cle Elum Pool Raise Project Final EIS Executive Summary PDF 2.63 mb
05/2015 Cle Elum Pool Raise Project FINAL Environmental Impact Statement PDF 43.97 mb
09/2014 Cle Elum Pool Raise Project DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement Executive Summary PDF 5.19 mb
09/2014 Cle Elum Pool Raise Project DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement PDF 18.84 mb
02/2014 Scoping Summary Report for the Cle Elum Pool Raise Environmental Impact Statement PDF 5.52 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 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Technical Memorandum: Hydrologic Modeling of Winter Streamflows and Kachess Inactive Storage Tunnel Alternative PDF 2.87 mb
Additional Reference Documents >>
Reference Documents
05/2019 Shoreline Protection Projects Map PDF 877 kb
04/2019 Yakima Integrated Plan Seven Elements Map PDF 486 kb
06/2003 Revised Draft Cle Elum Improvements Project Status Report PDF 865 kb
09/2002 DRAFT Cle Elum Improvements Project Status Report PDF 1.36 mb
04/2000 Cle Elum Improvements Project Final Cost Estimates PDF 3.89 mb
02/2000 Geological and Geotechnical Analysis for the Modification Decision Analysis PDF 14.27 mb
05/1999 System Operation Advisory Committee (SOAC) Report on Biologically Based Flows for the Yakima River Basin PDF 2.3 mb
06/1988 Early Implementation Plan Designs and Estimates Supporting Data PDF 375 kb
Additional Reference Documents >>

Contact

Wendy Christensen
gchristensen@usbr.gov
(509) 573-8050

Bureau of Reclamation
Pacific Northwest Region
Columbia-Cascades Area Office
1917 Marsh Road
Yakima, WA 98901-2058

Thomas Tebb
Thomas.tebb@ecy.wa.gov
(509) 574-3989

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


Last Updated: 5/7/19