Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement (YRBWE)

Within the Yakima River Basin: (1) to protect, mitigate, and enhance fish and wildlife through improved water management; improved instream flows; improved water quality; protection, creation and enhancement of wetlands; and by other appropriate means of habitat improvement; (2) to improve the reliability

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of water supply for irrigation; (3) to authorize a Yakima River basin water conservation program that will improve the efficiency of water delivery and use; enhance basin water supplies; improve water quality; protect, create and enhance wetlands, and determine the amount of basin water needs that can be met by water conservation measures; (4) to realize sufficient water savings from the Yakima River Basin Water Conservation Program so that not less than 40,000 acre-feet of water savings per year are achieved by the end of the fourth year of the Basin Conservation Program; (5) to encourage voluntary transactions among public and private entities which result in the implementation of water conservation measures, practices and facilities; and (6) to provide for the implementation by the Yakama Indian Nation at its sole discretion of (A) Wapato Irrigation Project improvements, (B) an irrigation demonstration project on the Yakama Indian Reservation using water savings from system improvements to the Wapato Irrigation Project, and (C) a Toppenish Creek corridor enhancement project integrating agricultural, fish, wildlife, and cultural resources.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2017: Funding projects for Fiscal Years 2017 and 2018 include the North Branch Canal Lining Phase II and South Branch Canal Lining Phase I and Storage Study Assessment by the Kittitas Reclamation District.

Sunnyside Division Board of Control Phase IID to continue enclosing laterals to pipelines in their 20 year piping project.

Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available.

Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Agency - Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior protects and provides access to the Nation's natural and cultural heritage, including responsibilities to Indian tribes and island communities. Departmental goals include resource protection and usage, overseeing recreational opportunities, serving communities and excellence in management.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

Gwendolyn (Wendy) Christensen, YRBWEP Manager, 1917 Marsh Rd., Yakima, WA 98901, Phone: 509-575-5848 ext.

203, Fax: 509-454-5611, email: gchristensen@usbr.gov.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Ecology, Washington State Department Of $ 128,146   2021-04-012026-04-01
Sunnyside Division Board Of Control $ 1,650,000   2021-03-012026-02-28
Sunnyside Division Board Of Control $ 9,265,385   2017-09-132023-09-12
Ecology, Washington State Department Of $ 317,281   2016-01-012021-03-31
Sunnyside Division Board Of Control $ 6,026,599   2015-10-012020-09-30
Roza Irrigation District $ 24,043,662   2013-09-102018-09-11
Sunnyside Division Board Of Control $ 3,606,788   2012-08-292017-10-01
Parks, Heritage & Tourism, Arkansas Department Of $ 20,000   2017-09-30
Kittitas Reclamation District $ 482,043   2016-05-012017-06-30
Kittitas, County Of $ 300,000   2015-01-062017-06-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2017: In the 2016/2017 and 2017/2018 construction seasons, Sunnyside Division Board of Control enclosed 8 miles of open laterals to pipelines, with an estimated 1001 acres-feet of conserved water annually. In construction season 17/18 Kittitas Reclamation District lined 1.6 miles of earthen canals for an estimated conserved water of 1,662 acres-feet annually. Roza?s re-regulations reservoir that was completed 17/18 construction season will conserve an estimated 5,523 acre-feet starting in this FY18 irrigation season. Fiscal Year 2018: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2019: Information not available.

Uses and Use Restrictions

To participate in the Conservation Basin Program an entity must submit a proposed water conservation plan to the Secretary of the Interior.

Assistance is limited to those entities (districts, irrigation districts, individuals, or other entities) that equip all surface water delivery systems within their boundaries with volumetric water meters or equally effective water measuring methods within five years of the date of enactment of this Act.

The Yakima Nation is not included in the provisions of this, Section 1203, except as to any funds specifically applied for from the Basin Conservation Program.

The Secretary of the Interior may use appropriated funds to purchase, or lease, land, water, or water rights from an entity or individual willing to limit or forego water use on a temporary or permanent basis.

Funds used for purchase or lease under this paragraph are not subject to the cost sharing provisions of Section 1203(d).

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

State of Washington, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments, water and irrigation districts, and water rights owners located in the project area.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Anyone/General Public, Intrastate, Local, Individual/Family, and Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments within the project area.


Eligible entities must submit a proposal to develop a Water Conservation Plan. Once the Water Conservation Plan has been developed it is to be submitted to the Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Region, Columbia-Cascades Area Office, in accordance with the information included in the funding opportunity announcement that will be posted at www.grants.gov. Only entities with approved Water Conservation Plans are eligible for consideration for feasibility studies. Only entities with an approved Water Conservation Plan and approved feasibility study are eligible for potential implementation of conservation measures. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded.

This may result in the need for an environmental impact assessment or environmental impact statement prior to the commencement of project activities.

An environmental impact statement is required for this program.

An environmental impact assessment is required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Single Source/Notice of Intent to Award announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, SF-424 forms and any other forms to be used to submit application information, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.

Award Procedures

All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of personnel from the Bureau of Reclamation, Pacific Northwest Regional Office, who are qualified experts in the program area. Applications will be reviewed against YRBWEP Authority criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by the Commissioner, Bureau of Reclamation, or regional officials, as applicable to the project. Entities meeting the basic criteria for participation in the YRBWEP must enter into a cost sharing agreement prior to beginning project work.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act of 1994, Title XII,Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Public Law 103-434.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project.


None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Unless otherwise stated in the Act: (1) Development of water conservation plans ? 50% non-Federal share, but not more than $200,000 per recipient; (2) Investigation of specific water conservation measures ? 50% State share and 20% local share, but sum of (1) and (2) shall not be greater than $200,000 per recipient; (3) and (4) Implementation and post implementation monitoring and evaluation ? 17.5% State share, and 17.5% local share. (Sec. 1203(d)). MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Agreements are normally written for a 1 to 5 year period. Implementation agreements may be written to cover the period estimated in the approved Water Conservation Plan and Feasibility Study. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.

Post Assistance Requirements


Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the following reports on an annual basis: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Reports.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final: (1) SF-425, Federal Financial Report; and (2) Program Performance Report; and (3) other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Progress reports are not applicable.

Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final SF-425, Federal Financial Report.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Cooperative Agreements) FY 17 $8,401,840; FY 18 est $3,490,000; and FY 19 est $4,544,458

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Range $ 5,000 to $ 44,700,000 Average $ 6,687,907.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Gwendolyn (Wendy) Christensen, YRBWEP Manager, 1917 Marsh Rd., Yakima, WA 98901, Phone: 509-575-5848 ext. 203, Fax: 509-454-5611, email: gchristensen@usbr.gov.

Headquarters Office

Director, Bureau of Reclamation, 1849 C Street, NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20240 Phone: (202) 208-3100.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov. Initial selection based on projects that would meet/fulfill the objectives of YRBWEP. After Water Conservation Plans are approved, feasibility studies are approved for those projects/measures that appear to result in the greatest benefit to YRBWEP. Implementation awards are based on those that are the most cost effective and result in the greatest water savings.

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