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Final "Black Rock" Study Set to be Released


YAKIMA, Wash. --  The Bureau of Reclamation will release their final report on the Yakima River Basin Storage Study on Tuesday morning.

Members of the Yakima Basin Storage Alliance say the report has three potential outcomes. They will either get approval for the Black Rock project, they will get approval for the Wymer Dam project, or they will get nothing at all.

According to board members, regulations prohibit the Bureau of Reclamation from taking into consideration the potential economic impact from recreation and salmon recovery, in regards to Black Rock.

The Black Rock project would cost an estimated $4 billion dollars to construct. Board members say they would be happy to get approval for the Wymer Dam, but that it would only be a short term solution because it is not big enough to handle expected water demands 15 years from now.

The Black Rock project would pump water from the Columbia River during peak flow times to a 1.3 million-cubic-foot reservoir. Alliance members say it would solve the community's drought problems for 100 years.

The Bureau Of Reclamation's final report will be released at 8 a.m. Tuesday morning.