ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- After six years of negotiations, fish runs on Manastash Creek will be restored.
Farmers and environmentalists in Central Washington came to an agreement that lists requirements for new fish screens and other measures to improve fish passage and stream flows on the creek.
More than 60 landowners have the right to divert water from Manastash Creek. A three-mile stretch of the creek runs dry each year from mid-June to November.
Aside from the landowners, the agreement was signed by members of the Bonneville Power Administration, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Washington Environmental Council, and the Kittitas County Conservation District.