A new film highlights how partners have come together to plan for managing water resources as the North Olympic snowpack is diminishing. This film highlights the needs and benefits of the Dungeness River Off-Channel Reservoir Project. Climate change has diminished North Olympic Mountain snowpack that created the worst drought in Washington State history (2015) sending the Dungeness Water Users into competition with 4 species of ESA-listed salmon and steelhead in late summer when both need it the most. The reservoir project will supply almost all the irrigation needs of the irrigators on the east side of the river while providing continued flow protection for the spawning salmon and steelhead. A 320-acre county park will also be created that would encompass the 88 acre reservoir, providing hiking, birding, bicycle and equestrian pursuits while enjoying access to the river. These and other benefits are articulated by officials of Clallam County, the City of Sequim, Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Washington Water Trust, Dungeness Water Users Association, and the Clallam Conservation District.

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