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Yakima Wastewater Restoring Fish Habitat in Old Treatment Field

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima's Wastewater Division is transforming an old field near its treatment plant into a new habitat for fish.

Until about ten years ago, city workers would spray industrial wastewater into this field and use it to grow alfalfa.

Now, they've reformed the whole area into a wild fish habitat, altering a groundwater lake, and adding in three streams.

They're also planning to add stumps and piles of rocks to make it an ideal place for fish to spawn.

They worked with several local agencies on the project, including the county and the Yakima Greenway.

"It's cool, I think it's a trendsetting project to show the nation what can be done when people work together," said Utility Project Manager Dean Smith.

It's part of a larger project headed by Yakima County, to move several levies along the Yakima River.

The goal is to widen the river, to lessen the impact of flooding.

It also required them to shift a section of the greenway around the new fish habitat.

The new section will open later this fall.