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Restoring Endangered Species to Manastash Creek

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KITTITAS, Wash.--In an effort to restore an endangered species to the Yakima Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation is taking on a big project.
 
The bureau contracted with a Florida based construction company to help conserve water in Manastash creek.
 
The bureau said the Kittitas County creek dries up each year when farmers draw water to irrigate their crops, leaving fish without access to a stretch of natural habitat.
 
"It's one of the critical tributaries or creeks in the Upper Valley, so it's a real special creek," said Walter Larrick with the Bureau of Reclamation. "It will help the steelhead. They're listed as a threatened species, and this is one step we can do to improve their conditions."
 
The bureau hopes to start construction in August. The Manastash creek project will cost nearly $4 million.
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