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Integrated Water Resource Management Plan

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On March 2, 2012, the Bureau of Reclamation and Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology) released the Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS) for the Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan (Integrated Plan). In 2013, a Record of Decision was signed by Reclamation, which selected the Integrated Plan Alternative, a long-term plan to restore aquatic functions and provide sustained reliability of water supply for the future, especially during drought years. The projects below are part of the Integrated Plan.

In April 2011, the Cle Elum Dam Fish Passage Facilities and Fish Reintroduction Project FEIS was released, and a Record of Decision was signed in August 2011, which identified Alternative 3, Right Bank juvenile Passage with Right Bank Adult Passage without Barrier Dam as the preferred alternative. In July 2015, Reclamation began construction of innovative multilevel intake structure with five gated openings that operates during reservoir elevation fluctuations. This project is the first fish passage project to be implemented as part of the Integrated Plan.

In May 2015, Reclamation published the Final Environmental Impact Statement for the Cle Elum Pool Raise Project, which identified Alternative 3, Additional Storage Capacity for Instream Flow with Hybrid Shoreline Protection, as the preferred alternative. The Record of Decision was signed in June 2015. The project is currently being implemented and when completed, it will provide up to 14,500 acre-feet of water storage capacity in the Cle Elum Reservoir to support the aquatic functions goals of the Integrated Plan.

In March 2019, Reclamation and Ecology published the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant (KDRPP) and Keechelus Reservoir–to–Kachess Reservoir Conveyance (KKC) Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which evaluated several alternatives to access up to 200,000 acre-feet of the inactive storage water in the Kachess Reservoir. This project is tiered from the Integrated Plan FPEIS to support its goals. The Record of Decision (ROD) for the FEIS was signed on April 26, 2019. The ROD does not approve implementation of any alternatives but carries forward Alternative 4, KDRPP Floating Pumping Plant, for further site-specific analysis. Reclamation and Ecology are developing an EIS that will focus on the site-specific effects of a floating pumping plant and present other reasonable alternatives to access the inactive storage below the current outlet of the Kachess Reservoir.

On March 12, 2019, Congress passed legislation and the President signed Public Law 116-9, the John Dingell Jr. Conservation Management and Recreation Act, authorizing YRBWEP Phase III, the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan.


Current & Past YRBWEP Meeting Notes >>


News
Final EIS for Kachess and Keechelus projects posted
2018 Yakima Basin Integrated Plan Highlights Newsletter PDF 10.95 mb
4/13/2018 Supplemental draft EIS for Kachess and Keechelus projects available for review

DC Leadership Tour October 12-13, 2016

Reports
04/2019 Record of Decision for the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance FEIS PDF 539 kb
03/2019 Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance FEIS Errata 1 PDF 539 kb
03/2019 Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance FEIS Errata 2 PDF 1.77 mb
03/2019 Volume 1: Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance FEIS Main Document PDF 50.67 mb
03/2019 Volume 2: Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance DEIS Comments and Responses PDF 81.36 mb
03/2019 Volume 3: Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance Supplemental DEIS Comments and Responses PDF 147.02 mb
03/2019 Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance FEIS Executive Summary PDF 1.37 mb
08/2018 Yakima Basinwide Tributaries Programmatic Investigation Report HTML
04/2018 Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance Supplemental DRAFT Environmental Impact Statement PDF 49.32 mb
12/2017 Water Quality Study: Results of Lake Kachess Pumping Alternatives HTML
03/2017 YRBWEP Technical Memorandum Hydrologic Modeling of System Improvements Phase 3 Report PDF 6.78 mb
07/2016 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan: Technical Memorandum - Hydrologic Modeling System Improvements Updated PDF 32.78 mb
05/2016 Kachess Reservoir Bull Trout Passage Appraisal Report PDF 7.21 mb
10/2015 Bull Trout Memorandum of Understanding PDF 445 kb
04/2015 Update: Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant and Keechelus Reservoir to Kachess Reservoir Conveyance Projects PDF 151 kb
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 31.90 mb
03/2015 Feasibility Design Draft Report Kachess Drought Relieft Pumping Plant PDF 21.14 mb
03/2015 Feasibility Design Draft Report Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance PDF 20.41 mb
01/2015 Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance and Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant Draft Environmental Impact Statement PDF 34 mb
01/2015 Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance and Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant Draft Environmental Impact Statement Executive Summary PDF 7.83 mb
11/2014 Technical Memorandum: Hydrologic Modeling of System Improvements Phase 1 Report PDF 22.15 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
05/2014 Technical Memorandum: Programmatic Framework for Aquifer Storage and Recovery in the Ahtanum Valley PDF 1.98 mb
05/2014 Clear Creek Dam Fish Passage Assessment, Second Annual Progress Report PDF 4.76 mb
04/2014 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Technical Memorandum: Wymer Reservoir Temperature Study PDF 2.75 mb
04/2014 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Technical Memorandum: Wymer Reservoir Pumping Plant Update PDF 11.8 mb
03/2014 Scoping Summary Report for the Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance & Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant Environmental Impact Statement PDF 9.26 mb
02/2014 Scoping Summary Report for the Cle Elum Pool Raise Environmental Impact Statement PDF 5.52 mb
10/2013 Kachess Reservoir Inactive Storage Project Alternatives Comparison and Recommendation for Advancement PDF 13.13 mb
09/2013 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Technical Memorandum: Field Investigation of Shallow Groundwater Recharge - Eastern Kittitas Valley, WA PDF 32.49 mb
09/2013 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Technical Memorandum: Screening of Alternatives for the Keechelus-to-Kachess Conveyance Project PDF 5.89 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 First Annual Progress Report Clear Creek Dam Passage Assessment PDF 5.20 mb
04/2013 Appraisal Study of Kittitas Valley Delivery Systems for Groundwater Recharge and Creek Flows Technical Memoranda PDF 3.76 mb
10/2012 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Framework for Implementation Report PDF 3.21 mb
10/2012 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Four Accounts Analysis PDF 1.63 mb
10/2012 Technical Memorandum: Preliminary Cost Allocation for the Proposed Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan PDF 1.01 mb
06/2012 Yakima River Basin Study Technical Memorandum: Cost Risk Assessment of Six Projects from the Proposed Integrated Water Resource Management Plan PDF 2.49 mb
03/2012 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Plan Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) PDF 18.6 mb
03/2012 Executive Summary for the Final PEIS PDF 4.19 mb
02/2012 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resources Management Plan Final Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Report PDF 2.68 mb
11/2011 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) PDF 8.43 mb
11/2011 Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan, Draft PEIS, Executive Summary PDF 830 kb
11/2011 Yakima River Basin Water Resource Management Plan Draft Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Report PDF 1.43 mb
08/2011 Scoping Summary Report Yakima River Basin Integrated Water Resource Management PDF 8.39 mb
08/2011 Addendum to the Proposed Integrated Water Resource Management Plan, Vol. 1 PDF 382 kb
04/2011 Proposed Integrated Water Resource Management Plan: Vol. 1 PDF 2.48 mb
03/2011 Final Integrated Plan Summary Support Document PDF 331 kb
03/2011 Technical Memoranda: Volume 2 HTML
12/2009 Preliminary Integrated Water Resource Management Plan for the Yakima River Basin HTML
07/2009 YRBWEP Fact Sheet PDF 57 kb
07/2009 Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project Timeline PDF 183 kb
06/2009 Washington State Dept. of Ecology Final EIS HTML
03/2009 Climate Impact Group - Climate change impact on water management and irrigated agriculture in the Yakima River Basin, Washington, USA PDF 409 kb
Additional Reference Documents >>

Partner
Washington State Department of Ecology



Contacts

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
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, WA 98903-0009


Last Updated: 9/16/19