Course change for Kachess?

— Higher-than-expected costs and a rapidly improving water outlook may prompt Roza Irrigation District directors to rethink a decision on moving ahead with a temporary floating pump plant at Lake Kachess.

The board meets at 10 a.m. tomorrow to consider raising annual assessments by $85-per acre to pay for the project.

At tomorrow’s meeting, the board may reconsider its Oct. 15 decision that approved pursuing a temporary plant at Kachess. The meeting takes place at 1105 Yakima Valley Highway.

District Manager Scott Revell said that’s because an engineering consultant’s updated estimate over the weekend anticipates costs of about $78 million instead of $57 million, as previously projected.

Revell said as reservoir content is currently tracking at 123 percent of average.

“As a result, it is my expectation that the board will discuss and consider re-evaluating their Oct. 15 decision to proceed with the project,” Revell said.


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