The Seven Elements

The Yakima Basin Integrated Plan identifies seven elements needed to achieve a balanced and comprehensive approach to water resource management and ecosystem restoration in the Yakima River Basin.

Reservoir Fish Passage

Reservoir Fish Passage

Upstream and downstream passage for anadromous and resident fish will be established at all U.S. Bureau of Reclamation reservoirs, allowing access to a high-quality, cold-water habitat essential for restoring depleted runs of fish.

Structural and 
Operational Changes

Structural and Operational Changes

Much of the Yakima River Basin’s federal and non-federal infrastructure is more than a century old. Modernization measures, such as improving canal efficiency, balancing reservoir levels, and making operational changes, benefit both the fish habitat and the agricultural water supply. 

Surface Water Storage

Surface Water Storage

The Integrated Plan will provide 450,000 acre-feet of new storage over thirty years. Water projects in the first ten-year Initial Development Phase include accessing 200,000 acre-feet of water already stored at Kachess Reservoir via a new pumping plan facility, and 14,600 acre-feet from raising the level of Cle Elum Reservoir. Building new reservoirs and expanding an existing reservoir are proposed for later in the Integrated Plan phases. 

Groundwater Storage

Groundwater Storage

Additional water supplies will be gained by intentionally storing water in aquifers, and then either pumping it or allowing it to return to the river to improve flows, meet demands, and reduce water temperatures.

Habitat/Watershed Protection 
and Enhancement

Habitat/Watershed Protection

Fish and wildlife habitat enhancement in the basin includes floodplain restoration, flow improvement, removing fish passage barriers, screening diversions, and land and river corridor protection.

Enhanced Water Conservation

Enhanced Water Conservation

Conserving up to 170,000 acre-feet of water per year is the goal of the agricultural side of this program, allowing better instream flows for fish and more precise delivery and use of water. Local governments actively encourage improvements in water conservation from individual homeowners for indoor and outdoor use.

Market 
Reallocation

Market Reallocation

The Integrated Plan proponents are developing short- and long-term strategies to increase market reallocation of water during droughts while minimizing adverse effects on other water users and the environment.  

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Yakima Basin Integrated Plan Initial Development Phase Projects

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Habitat/Watershed Protection

  1. Bull Trout Education Taskforce (Basin Wide)
  2. Mananastash Creek Conservation and Tributary Enhancement Project
  3. Bateman Island Causeway Modification Conceptual Design/Outreach/Permitting
  4. Bull Trout Habitat Improvements (basin wide)
  5. Gold Creek Habitat  Assessment, Phase I, II, III and Watershed Plan
  6. Upper Yakima Floodplain Acquisition and Design Ringer Loop Road, Phase I, II
  7. Little Rattlesnake Road Decommissioning
  8. Cle Elum River Side  Channel Restoration Project, Phase 2
  9. Gap-to-Gap Property Acquisitions
  10. Upper Wapato reach Riparian Restoration
  11. Ellensburg Water Company /Coleman Creek Restoration
  12. Reed Diversion Barrier Removal
  13. Trout Meadows Acquisition /Enhancement
  14. Little Naches Land Acquisition
  15. Teanaway Valley Farm Acquisition and Restoration
  16. Cowiche Easement/Design
  17. Gap-to-Gap Outfall Relocation and Levee Removal Design and Restoration
  18. South Fork Tieton Bull Trout Passage Feasibility and Design, Phase I, II, III
  19. Teanaway/Indian Creek Restoration and Large Wood Replacement
  20. Yakima Rivermile 89.5 Levee Breach
  21. Island Road Floodplain Reconnection – Toppenish Creek
  22. Toppenish Creek – Pop Pom Road
  23. Teanaway Habitat Restoration and Fencing, Phase I, II, III
  24. Lower River Thermal Refuge
  25. Wapato reach Riparian Project
  26. Yakima Basin Tributary Restoration (Starvation Flats, Ahtanum, Toppenish)
  27. Naches River and Cowiche Creeek Restoration
  28. Little Naches Large Wood Project
  29. Fawn Creek Culvert Replacement
  30. Kachess River Passage and Floodplain Assessment
  31. Box Creek Large Wood Replenishment
  32. Donald Wapato Bridge Restoration
  33. Little Naches River Watershed Aquatic Restoration

Enhanced Water Conservation

  1. KRD 13.6, 13.8 Lateral Piping Project
  2. Wapato Irrigation Project (WIP) Piping Lateral 4-414C
  3. WIP Piping Satus East Lateral E73
  4. Kennewick Irrigation District (KID) Division IV Lining
  5. Manastash Creek  Sprinkler Conversions
  6. Yakima-Tieton ID Diversion Relocation Feasibility Study
  7. Manastash – Consolidated Pipeline & Manastash Water Ditch Association (MWDA) Pipeline Construction
  8. WIP Piping of Unit 2 L672 and Headworks Rebuild
  9. KRD North Branch Canal Lining
  10. Roza Canal Lining Phases I, II, III, IV
  11. WIP Lining of Unit 2 (167+20 to 173+80)
  12. KID Reregulation Reservoir Design
  13. WIP Unit 2 Upper Dam Rebuild and Lower Dam Removal
  14. WIP Water Conservation Plan
  15. City of Yakima Xeriscape Demonstration Project
  16. Reed Pipeline Design Manastash Creek
  17. Anderson Diversion Irrigation Water Acquisition
  18. KRD South Branch Canal Lining, Phases I and II
  19. WIP Unit 2 West Piping
  20. WIP Unit 2 West Lining
  21. KCCD Irrigation Efficiancy Improvements
  22. KRD Upper Tributary Supplementation
  23. WIP Track D Lateral Pipeline
  24. Heritage Gardens Municipal Conservation Program (Basin Wide)

Surface Water Storage

  1. Kachess Drought Relief Pumping Plant

Groundwater Storage

  1. Upper Kittitas Shallow Aquifer Recharge (SAR)
  2. Yakima City Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR)
  3. Toppenish Fan Aquifer Recharge
  4. Selah Moxee Irrigation District SAR Feasibility Study
  5. Yakima Basin Aquifer Geochemistry Evaluation (Basin Wide)
  6. KRD Yakima Basin ASR Feasibility Study (Basin Wide)

Structural and Operational Changes

  1. Cle Elum Pool Raise
  2. Keechelus to Kachess Conveyance
  3. KRD Upper Yakima system storage

Reservoir Fish Passage

  1. Cle Elum Dam
  2. Tieton (Rimrock) Dam
  3. Clear Creek Dam

Market Reallocation

  1. Kittitas Reclamation District and Trout Unlimited Yakima Basin Water Market Structure and Strategic Development (Basin Wide)

The Yakima Basin Integrated Water Resource Management Plan

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Highlights

Celebrate our years of work on resolving conflicts and implementing projects in the Yakima Basin. The projects highlighted illustrate how the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan’s strategies have effectively responded to some of the basin’s most complex water issues, including drought, declining snowpack, fishery restoration, and ecosystem health.