Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project

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The Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group (CAG) was established under Public Law 103-434, Title XII, Sec. 1203, Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project (YRBWEP) Act, October 1994. Title XII established the Basin Conservation Program to evaluate and implement measures to improve water supplies for irrigation; enhance instream flow for fish and wildlife; protect and enhance wetlands; and improve water quality within the Yakima River basin. The program offers financial incentives (grants) to volunteer participants to identify and implement cost-effective structural and nonstructural water conservation measures through cooperative Federal, State, and local funding.

CAG Mission: CAG provides recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior and the State of Washington on the structure and implementation of the Basin Conservation Program in Title XII, as well as recommendations for advancing the purpose and programs of YRBWEP including the Integrated Plan.

CAG Membership: CAG is a consensus-based group whose members are appointed by the Secretary of the Interior. Duties are listed in the CAG Charter and include preparing water conservations plans; investigating feasibility of specific measures identified in conservation plans; and monitoring and evaluating measures undertaken. Membership eligibility and responsibilities are described in the current CAG Charter.

Current Members:

  • Rick Dieker, Yakima-Tieton Irrigation District (non-proratable district)
  • Lisa Pelly, Trout Unlimited (environmental group)
  • R. Troy Peters, Ph.D., Washington State University (agricultural extension service)
  • Scott Revell, Roza Irrigation District (proratable district)
  • Phil Rigdon, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation
  • Elizabeth Torrey, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife (fisheries)


  • Brady Kent, Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation

Designated Federal Official: Wendy Christensen, Bureau of Reclamation
Columbia Cascades Area Office, 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima, WA 98901
Telephone: (509) 573-8050 - Email: gchristensen@usbr.gov

02/25/2019 Yakima, WA
Agenda PDF 71 kb
Meeting Summary PDF 81 kb
Federal Register Notice HTML
10/18/2017 Yakima, WA
Agenda PDF 70 kb
Meeting Summary PDF 26 kb
Federal Register Meeting Notice HTML
CAG Publications and Background Documents
Current CAG Charter - previous charters can be found on the GSA Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) Database
04/1998 Basin Conservation Plan for the Yakima River Basin Water Conservation Program, April 1998
04/1998 Appendix to the Basin Conservation Plan for the Yakima River Basin Water Conservation Program
10/15/1998 Water & Land Acquistion Program of the Yakima River Basin Water Conservation Program
11/16/1998 Establishment of a Permanent Plan for Measuring & Reporting, Yakima River Basin Washington Report to Secretary of the Interior and State of Washington
12/1998 Plan of Study for the Yakima River Basin Wetlands, Riparian, and Floodplain Habitat Plan
2001-2004 Process for Streamlining Water Transfers in the Yakima Basin
05/2005 Water Master Function: Measuring, Monitoring, Reporting, and Enforcement


Wendy Christensen
(509) 573-8050
(509) 454-5611 FAX

Bureau of Reclamation
1917 Marsh Road
Yakima, WA 98901-2058

Last Updated9/1/23