Feds Say No to the Reservoir Proposal for Black Rock
YAKIMA,Wash. (AP) - The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has decided the federal government should not build a massive reservoir called Black Rock in the Yakima Valley.
A final environmental impact statement evaluated the potential for Black Rock, as well as two other projects that would improve water supplies. But the bureau determined that all three projects would cost too much.
The proposed Black Rock project would have drawn water from the Columbia River to a 1.6 million acre-foot reservoir behind Priest Rapids Dam. Its cost was estimated at as much as $7.7 billion.