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Comment Period

Kachess and Keechelus Projects SDEIS

Yakima Basin Projects

April 13, 2018 - July 11, 2018

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) and Washington State Department of Ecology  are seeking comments on a supplemental draft environmental impact statement (SDEIS) issued for the Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant (KDRPP)  and Keechelus Reservoir-to-Kachess Reservoir Conveyance (KKC) projects.

The SDEIS is available for review at Reclamation's and Ecology's websites

Public meetings are scheduled for May 16, 2018, in Cle Elum and May 17, 2018, in Ellensburg. Comments received will be carefully reviewed and responded to in the final EIS.

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 KKC project 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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Ms. Candace McKinley, Environmental Program Manager
U.S. Bureau of Reclamatioin
1917 Marsh Road
Yakima, WA 98901
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Ms. Candace McKinley
Environmental Program Manager, USBR-Yakima
(509) 575-5848, ext. 603

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