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DOI - 2043 - Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group - Authorized by Law


Committee NameYakima River Basin Conservation Advisory GroupAgency NameDepartment of the Interior
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number2043
Original Establishment Date7/13/1995Committee StatusTerminated
Actual Termination Date11/1/2019Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYYesMax Number of Members*6
Current Charter Date3/15/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter3/15/2020Designated Federal Officer PrefixMrs.
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Gwendolyn
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameW
Specific Termination AuthorityExecutive Order 13875 "Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees"Designated Federal Officer Last Name*Christensen
Establishment Authority*Authorized by LawDesignated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*Title XII, Pub. L. 103-434Designated Federal Officer Phone*(509) 573-8050
Effective Date Of Authority*10/31/1994Designated Federal Officer Fax*(509) 454-5612
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*Scientific Technical Program Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Terminate
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNo
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group was chartered to provide technical advice and counsel to the Secretary of the Interior (through the Bureau of Reclamation) and the State of Washington on the structure, implementation, and oversight of the Yakima River Basin Water Conservation Project. The Basin Conservation Plan that was structured and guided by this group set forth the mechanism for implementing water conservation measures in the Yakima River basin, including eligibility requirements for State and Federal sponsored grants, standards for the scope and content of water conservation plans, criteria for evaluating and prioritizing measures for implementation, institutional and economic incentives to increase conservation and to promote more efficient use of water, administrative procedures and allocation of funds, a post-implementation monitoring process, and oversight of the Basin Conservation Project. The Group structured a water transfer process in the Yakima River basin and structured a mitigation process for measures installed with the conservation funds. The Group provided advice and support for the technical changes to the legislation for clarification. The Group provided oversight for minor changes in the recommendations they provided in the Basin Conservation Plan.
How is membership balanced?*Membership of the Conservation Advisory Group was comprised of: a representative of the Yakima River basin non-proratable irrigators, a representative of the Yakima River basin proratable irrigators, a representative of the Yakama Nation, a representative of environmental interests, a representative of the Cooperative Extension, Washington State University, and a representative of the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife. Members were nominated from the constituency of the representative groups identified in the legislation.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Conservation Advisory Group met annually, and at other such times as the Designated Federal Officer deemed necessary. During the off months, members of the Conservation Advisory Group continued to work on conservation efforts throughout the Yakima basin. Ongoing water conservation grants and contract efforts, including proposed grantees, were reported to the members and discussed during the annual meeting.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The committee's oversight role required the members for the full-term of their charter. This committee structured and guided the Basin Conservation Plan for the Yakima River Basin. The committee's advice was useful as the plan was being implemented and adaptive revisions were needed. The Conservation Advisory Group's guidance was needed on future pending water conservation issues.
Why close or partially close meetings?N/A
Recommendation RemarksThe Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group terminated on November 1, 2019, pursuant to Executive Order 13875 "Evaluating and Improving the Utility of Federal Advisory Committees", Section 9(a)(1) - Authorized by Statute.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*NoAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesYesAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchNoAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingYesAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionYesAction CommentProvided advice and oversite on the implementation of the Title XII Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project, Pub. L 103-434, October 31, 1994.
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsYesGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentN/ANumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*NoneDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentN/AGrants Review CommentN/A
Number Of Recommendations*15Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentNo formal recommendations were made for FY20.Access Agency WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented*86.00%Access Committee WebsiteNo
% of Recs Fully Implemented CommentRecommendations were implemented continuously over a long period of time.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*2.00%Access PublicationsNo
% of Recs Partially Implemented CommentSome recommendations required State or Federal Legislation to be fully implemented.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess CommentN/A
Agency Feedback Comment*As staff reported at the Conservation Advisory Group meetings.Narrative Description*The Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group provided technical advice and counsel to the Secretary of the Interior (through the Bureau of Reclamation) and the State of Washington on the structure, implementation, and oversight of the Yakima River Basin Water Conservation Project.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Members*$0.00Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY*$0.00
Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$0.00
Payments to Consultants*$0.00Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members*$0.00Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff*$0.00Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY*$0.00
Travel Reimb. For Consultants*$0.00Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY*$0.00
Other Costs$0.00Est. Other Costs Next FY*$0.00
Total Costs$0.00Est. Total Next FY*$0.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.00Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.00
Cost RemarksEst Cost Remarks
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Interest Areas

Fish and Wildlife
Environmental Issues
Conservation and Preservation
Water Use


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-035427Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2019
 COM-033278Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2018
 COM-001558Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2017
 COM-002707Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2016
 COM-003683Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2015
 COM-004993Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2014
 COM-005781Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2013
 COM-006985Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2012
 COM-007765Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2011
 COM-009164Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2010
 COM-009958Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2009
 COM-011200Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2008
 COM-011794Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2007
 COM-012920Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2006
 COM-013528Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2005
 COM-014838Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2004
 COM-015457Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2003
 COM-016939Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2002
 COM-017436Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2001
 COM-018940Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group2000
 COM-019497Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group1999
 COM-020802Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group1998
 COM-021389Yakima River Basin Conservation Advisory Group1997