This graph shows the
effect to in-stream flows over a decade of collective conservation
efforts by Yakima Basin farmers and irrigators. The black line
represents 2001 flow, the gray line shows the monthly average flow
during the low water years of 1992-1994, and the blue line
represents average flow during the low water years of 1973, 1977,
The Yakima River
has enjoyed a notable increase of over 350 cfs (cubic feet per
second) in a study comparing water short years. This equals a total
savings of more than 125,000 acre-feet of water. This water savings
is the result of successful on-farm Best Management Practice (BMP)
Landowners have increased their water use efficiency a number of
ways. Some solutions are as easy as implementing management changes
to more closely monitor water use. Another option is upgrading to a delivery system
that decreases demand and use. Some
farmers make use of high-tech tools like soil moisture
probes--devices that allow them to monitor and better manage their
The RSBOJC has also taken a proactive role to increase water
conservation and efficiency. Many miles of SVID and RID canals have
been lined to prevent seepage, and several miles of open lateral are
piped every year to enable incremental pricing while eliminating any
loss of water to evaporation or seepage.
Together, these changes have resulted in significant flow increases in the
to Conservation & Water Quality main page (click here).
here to learn more about settling basins and other water quality
here for information about the RSBOJC Wetland Project.
here for more information about the RSBOJC Water Quality Policy
Drain Study Reports
here to read the RSBOJC Fish Survey Report.
here to read the RSBOJC Drain Habitat Report (pages
here to read the RSBOJC Drain Habitat Report Appendix
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