Roza Water Users: Update and Diversion

  • Snow water equivalent is currently 100% of average. Water storage is 110% of average and precipitation for the water year to date is 104% of average. The first water supply forecast will be issued by USBR on March 4th.
  • Diversions will begin on Monday March 15 with deliveries beginning a few days later.
  • The Roza office remains closed due to Coronavirus.  A new drop box is being installed in the front door if you prefer to drop off your assessment. The office staff are working in a rotation and can answer the phone remotely now without the need to leave a voicemail message. Appointments can also be made to meet with staff.
  • The state Legislature has required Board meetings to occur be via remote teleconference until the pandemic emergency ends. Board meetings are open to the public, and the call in number is listed on the agenda and posted to our website a few days prior to the monthly meeting, which typically occurs on the first Tuesday of the month following the first Friday.
  • Below is a link to a 90 second drone video of the construction of fish passage facility at Lake Cle Elum. The $200M+ project is about 50% complete. Juvenile sockeye will head out via the new facility in the spring of 2023. Currently the temporary facility only allows juveniles to exit the reservoir when the pool is full, which doesn’t always occur and sometimes occurs too late in the Spring. There can be three age classes of juvenile sockeye in the reservoir. All returning sockeye adults are currently captured at Roza Dam by the Yakama Nation and trucked to Lake Cle Elum.  The project is a key component of the Yakima Basin Interacted Water Resource Plan.

Scott Revell – District Manager –