KITTITAS, Wash.--In an effort to restore an
endangered species to the Yakima Basin, the Bureau of Reclamation is taking on a
The bureau contracted with a Florida based
construction company to help conserve water in Manastash creek.
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
"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
The bureau hopes to start construction in August.
The Manastash creek project will cost nearly $4 million.