Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant
The Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant (KDRPP) is one of several potential surface-water supply projects being studied by the Bureau of Reclamation and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) to improve water resources management in the Yakima River basin. KDRPP is being developed under the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project (YRBWEP) as part of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan.
Previously referred to as the Kachess Reservoir inactive storage project, the proposed KDRPP could withdraw up to 200,000 acre-feet of inactive storage water below the reservoir’s existing outlet works. It would pump and transfer water into the Yakima River for appropriate distribution. The KDRPP would operate only in a Washington State-declared drought with the goal of providing up to 70 percent water rights to proratable users, when feasible. KDRPP was proposed along with the Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance (KKC) Project, which would help refill the Kachess Reservoir in the years following a drought in which KDRPP is used.
Since the proposed KKC and KDRPP projects are closely connected, Reclamation and Ecology prepared the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant (KDRPP) and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance (KKC) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), in a single National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) document. It includes environmental analyses for both the KKC and KRDPP. The DEIS was released in January 2015 and described the no-action alternative and five action alternatives. The public comment period ended June 15, 2015.
After the public comment period, Reclamation and Ecology reviewed the comments on the DEIS, collected additional scientific data as necessary, evaluated new findings, and developed a floating pumping plant alternative. The new alternative and new findings were documented in the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS), released to the public April 13, 2018.
After a 90-day public comment period on the SDEIS, Reclamation and Ecology prepared the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) that was released to the public on March 6, 2019. Responses to comments from both the DEIS and the SDEIS are published in the FEIS.
The Record of Decision (ROD) for the FEIS was signed by Pacific Northwest Regional Director Lorri Gray on April 26, 2019. You may access ROD and the FEIS under "Reports" below. If you would like to receive a hard copy of the ROD, please call the request line at (509) 573-8193 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also request a CD or a 3-volume-set hard copy of the FEIS.
|04/13/2018 & 07/11/2018: SDEIS 90-day Public Comment Period - Two Public Meetings|
|05/17/2018: The Armory, Kittitas Valley Event Center, Ellensburg, WA., 4 to 7 p.m.|
|05/16/2018: Cle Elum Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, Cle Elum, WA., 4 to 7 p.m.|
|SDEIS Public Meeting Materials PDF 10.33 mb|
|06/21/2017 Public Perspectives Session - Yakima Basin Integrated Plan
Washington State Department of Ecology, Union Gap, WA — 12 to 1:00 p.m
|Kachess Homeowners' Association Presentation (Not endorsed by Reclamation or Ecology)|
|04/15/2015 - 06/15/2015 Additional Draft KDRPP and KKC EIS 60-Day Reopening of Comment Period – Four Public Meetings|
|05/05/2015 Forest Service Ranger District Office, Cle Elum, WA - 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. PDF 151 kb|
|05/05/2015 Forest Service Ranger District Office, Cle Elum, WA, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. PDF 151 kb|
|04/15/2015 Hal Holmes Center, Ellensburg, WA - 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. PDF 151 kb|
|04/15/2015 Hal Holmes Center, Ellensburg, WA - 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. PDF 151 kb|
|01/09/2015 — DRAFT KDRPP and KKC EIS Released 60-Day Comment Period – Two Public Meetings|
|02/05/2015 U.S. Forest Service Ranger District, Cle Elum, WA, 4 to 7 p.m.|
|02/03/2015 Hal Homes Center, Ellensburg, WA, 4 to 7 p.m.|
|10/30/2013 — 12/16/2013 – KDRPP and KKC EIS 60-Day Public Scoping – Four Public Meetings|
|11/21/2013 Forest Service Cle Elum Ranger District, Cle Elum, WA, 5 to 7 p.m.|
|11/21/2013 Forest Service Cle Elum Ranger District, Cle Elum, WA, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.|
|11/20/2013 Yakima Arboretum, Yakima, WA, 5 to 7 p.m.|
|11/20/2013 Yakima Arboretum, Yakima, WA, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.|
|05/2006||Yakima River Basin Water Storage Alternatives Appraisal Assessment Technical Series No. TS-YSS-8 PDF 6.05 mb|
|10/1989||Appraisal Assessment of Augmenting Kachess Reservoir Stored Waters by Gravity Feed from Cabin Creek and Silver Creek PDF 10.78 mb|
|Additional Reference Documents >>|
|Washington State Department of Ecology|
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