Yakima River Basin Integrated Plan
The Yakima River Basin in Washington State is affected by a variety of water problems that impact fish, agriculture, and municipal and domestic water supplies. In response, the Integrated Plan uses a comprehensive set of solutions for water resource and habitat improvements with long-term water management that contributes to the vitality of the regional economy and sustains the health of the riverine environment.
|Public, Collaborative Process
The consensus achieved by the diverse group of participating stakeholders represents a major and unprecedented accomplishment for the Yakima Basin and for water management in the western United States.
• Fish Passage
• Fish Habitat Enhancement
• Modifying Existing Structures and Operations
• Surface Storage
• Market-Based Reallocation
• Groundwater Storage
• Enhanced Water Conservation
Integrated Plan Goals:
• Provide opportunities for comprehensive ecological restoration and enhancement addressing instream flows, aquatic habitat, and fish passage;
• Improve water supply reliability during drought years;
• Develop a comprehensive approach for efficient management of water supplies for irrigated agriculture, municipal and domestic uses, and power generation;
• Improve the ability of water managers to respond and adapt to potential effects of climate change; and
• Contribute to the vitality of the regional economy and sustain the riverine environment.