The objective of this project is to reduce predicted flooding damage in an area that has been rapidly urbanized on the west side of Yakima. The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) preferred alternative is a total relocation of Shaw Creek.
The second alternative considered is the construction of a bypass channel for major flood events. This project has been identified in the Ahtanum-Wide Hollow Comprehensive Flood Hazard Management Plan as one of the 4 major flooding problems of this drainage and the highest priority short term action. The partners involved in the project include FEMA, (Federal Emergency Management Agency), Washington State Emergency Management Division (EMD), Yakima County Water Resources Division, and the City of Yakima.