The first of two public meetings for the supplemental draft environmental impact statement (SDEIS) issued for the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant (KDRPP) and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance (KKC) projects.
This meeting will be held in Cle Elum at the address below. The second meeting is scheduled for May 17 in Ellensburg.
The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and Washington State Department of Ecology are seeking comments on the SDEIS. Comments received will be carefully reviewed and responded to in the final EIS.
The SDEIS is available for review at Reclamation's and Ecology's websites
The KDRPP project would make 200,000 additional acre-feet of water available for state declared drought relief by tapping into storage that is currently unavailable because it lies below the reservoir's current outlet works.
The KCC project will help refill Kachess Reservoir after a drought by conveying water from Kachess Reservoir, which lies in a basin that captures more water than the reservoir can hold in normal water years.
The purpose of these projects is to improve water supply reliability during drought years, improve the ability of water managers to respond and adapt to potential changing hydrology, and contribute to the vitality of the regional economy and riverine environment in the Yakima River basin.
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