What We’re Working Toward

The Yakima Basin Conservation Campaign is working to ensure that the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan lives up to its promise to protect and restore the Yakima Basin’s ecological health and enhance sustainable recreation opportunities by:

Fish and Water

Wild & Scenic Rivers

  • Protecting approximately 200 miles of rivers as Wild and Scenic to ensure their free-flowing nature for fish, wildlife and recreation.

Habitat Restoration

  • Restoring salmon populations from about 25,000 today to as many 400,000, including what could prove to be the largest sockeye run in the lower 48.
  • Providing fish passage at six existing reservoirs, including Clear Lake, Cle Elum, Bumping, Tieton (Rimrock), Keechelus and Kachess.
  • Restoring river and stream habitat throughout the Yakima Basin by restoring and reconnecting floodplains, meadows and side channel habitat; unblocking streams that are obstructed for salmon and steelhead migration by roads and irrigation infrastructure; and replanting and protecting riparian corridors.

Water Management

  • Investing $400 million in water conservation and efficiency, saving up to 170,000 acre feet of water to stretch water supplies and improve river flows for fish.
  • Establishing a robust water market to move water from lower-value to higher-value crops, especially in drought years in order to reduce the need for new surface storage and to help protect instream flows during droughts.
  • Improving groundwater management and recharging groundwater to benefit water quality and late summer river flows for salmon.


National Forest

  • Protecting over 140,000 acres of existing public lands in the Teanaway and Manastash-Taneum regions with National Conservation and Recreation Area designation. These U.S. Forest Service lands are critical headwaters for the Yakima River and provide world-class recreation opportunities. The lands should be managed consistent with their ecological needs and to allow for balanced, well-managed and high-quality recreation experiences including hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, off-road vehicle use, skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. More specifically, creating a National Conservation and Recreation Area that:
    • Protects the headwater streams and forests of the Yakima River system
    • Manages recreation sustainably
    • Allows for enjoyment of the land by everyone who uses it
    • Balances opportunities for different types of recreation
    • Is provided adequate funding to ensure good land and recreation management
    • Protects tens of thousands of acres of existing roadless lands on U.S. Forest Service with wilderness designation as additions to the Alpine Lakes and William O. Douglas Wilderness Areas
  • Maintaining and/or restoring access to recreation opportunities at Bumping Lake reservoir.

Private Lands

  • Protecting over 70,000 acres of private lands that include important fish and wildlife habitat in central Washington.
Fish. Families. Farms.
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