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Dungeness River Off-Channel Reservoir Project

Spirit Vision Films has just finished the Dungeness Off-Channel Reservoir project video that we started in November of last year.

The film describes the need and benefits of this 30 million dollar project that will bring to the Dungeness Valley a way to supply water to irrigators on the east side of the river in the lower Dungeness Valley, while maintaining a positive flow of water for the 4 species of ESA-listed salmon and steelhead returning to their spawning grounds in the late summer.

Because of climate change, the North Olympic Mountain snowpack has been negatively affected, creating a competition for water late in summer’s irrigation cycle.

The reservoir will also address the winter flooding that affects the City of Sequim and surrounding area by channeling the storm water into the reservoir to be used either in the early spring for aquafer recharge or to be saved through the spring and early summer when depleted snowpack is evident for use by the irrigators in the late summer months.

A 320-acre county park will also be created to encompass the 88-acre reservoir, which will provide hiking, birding, bicycle and equestrian pursuits, as well as being able to access the river.

This film articulates the concerns, benefits, and need of the reservoir by officials of Clallam County, the City of Sequim, the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, the Clallam Conservation District, Washington Water Trust, and the Dungeness Water Users Association.

If you want more information on this important project on the North Olympic Peninsula, click on the seven minute video below. Thanks for watching!

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