Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project

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Yakima Basinwide Tributaries Programmatic Investigation

The purpose of the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project (YRBWEP) is to protect, mitigate, and enhance fish and wildlife through improved water management; improved instream flows; improved water quality; protection, creation and enhancement of wetlands; and by other appropriate means of habitat improvement within the Yakima Basin. To that end, the Bureau of Reclamation and partners have developed the Draft Yakima Basinwide Tributaries Programmatic Investigation Report to:

  1. identify potential projects that would provide effective and efficient means to increase instream flows for fish in Yakima Basin tributaries,
  2. identify potential efficiency gains in irrigation water use,
  3. identify potential improvements in operational flexibility for agricultural water users throughout the Yakima River basin, and
  4. identify areas of enhancement that would assist in recovery of ESA-listed Middle-Columbia River steelhead and bull trout.

The programmatic report, developed with input from State, Federal, Tribal, and local entities, is similar to previously submitted investigative reports describing enhancement projects, such as Taneum Creek and Manastash Creek, that have achieved YRBWEP goals. After a 30-day comment period, a final report will be prepared. The final report will be submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Natural Resources, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources, and the Governor of Washington State. Please email comments to jason_romine@fws.gov. Written comments should be addressed to Jason Romine, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service YRBWEP representative, Bureau of Reclamation, 1917 Marsh Road, Yakima, Wash., 98901-2058. Comments will be accepted until August 31, 2018.

04/2018 Yakima Basinwide Tributaries Programmatic Investigation Report PDF 4.83 mb


Jason Romine
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service YRBWEP Representative

Bureau of Reclamation
Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project
1917 Marsh Road
Yakima, WA 98901-2058

Last Updated: 8/6/18