YAKIMA, Wash. - A study just released on Monday about the Black Rock project says building the project could generate between five and six billion dollars for the local economy.
That money was projected to come from travel and recreation at the reservoir as well as residential, resort and commerical development around the lake.
Supporters of the project say this study is significant.
"Today is a very important moment in our community's and nation's quest for storage for water in light of the crisis over the last 60 years where we have been short of water," Yakima Basin Storage Alliance member Bob Hall said.
The Black Rock Reservoir is projected to cost about four billion dollars.
The Bureau of Reclamation is also considering a second location for a new reservoir along wymer Creek.