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SPECIAL MEETING <br />THURSDAY 11:00 AM OCTOBER 14, 2010 <br />Board members present: Chairman Mark McClain, Vice --Chairman Paul <br />Jewell and Commissioner Alan Crankovich. <br />Others: Catherine Dunn, Deputy Clerk of the Board; Neil Caulkins <br />and Suzanne Becker, Deputy Prosecutors. <br />SPECIAL MEETING YRBWEP COMMISSIONERS <br />At 11:00 a.m. Chairman McClain opened the special meeting to <br />consider an update on the Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement <br />Project (YRBWHP) from Vice --Chairman Jewell, who has been attending <br />the work group meetings. <br />Vice -Chairman Jewell said he had been meeting also with the Yakima <br />and Benton County Commissioners to present a united front among the <br />Counties. He presented a White Paper written by the County <br />Commissioners to the Board for their consideration. He said the <br />White Paper is a shift in position but provides a clear perspective <br />from the point of view of the Counties. He said the Counties are <br />not only supporting Out -of -Stream needs, but also including basalt <br />aquifer replenishment volume within reservoir storage, as well as <br />the Wymer Reservoir, Bumping Lake Reservoir and increase in Lake Cle <br />Elum surface storage projects. He said that the Counties had backed <br />away from Inter Basin Transfers from the Columbia River to the <br />Yakima Raver due to the lack of approval from the Yakama Nation. <br />Chairman McClain said the State Legislators will have to work on <br />funding for the transfers. He said the Yakama Nation was not <br />critical to this proposal. Vice -Chairman Jewell said the general <br />feeling was that if they were not supporting the Inter Basin <br />Transfers, it would not be viable. He said if the Counties hold onto <br />the Inter Basin Transfers and the Yakama Nation walks away, the <br />Counties may be to blame if the process ultimately fails to produce <br />anything. <br />Neil Caulkins said he didn't understand the last page regarding the <br />Tnter Basin Storage. Vice -Chairman Jewell said that referred to the <br />Columbia River Water Exchange. He said the Yakama Nation is working <br />with other tribes to promote salmon. The storage would not just be <br />for instream flows but also for consumptive use. He said they also <br />10/14/2010 MINUTES <br />gIZDI <br />