Cle Elum Pool Raise Project
A Component of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan
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.
|11/2013||Cle Elum Pool Raise Scoping Meeting HTML|
|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 >>|
Bureau of Reclamation
Pacific Northwest Region
Columbia-Cascades Area Office
1917 Marsh Road
Yakima, WA 98901-2058
Director, Office of Columbia River
State of Washington
Department of Ecology
15 W. Yakima Ave, Ste 200
Yakima, WA 98902-3452