Icicle Work Group
Chelan County and Washington Department of Ecology’s (DOE) Office of Columbia River co-convened the Icicle Work Group (IWG) in December 2012 to find collaborative solutions for water management within the Icicle Creek Watershed. The Work Group is developing a water resource management strategy (Icicle Strategy) consisting of a comprehensive list of projects that address Icicle Creek issues and concerns identified in their Guiding Principles.
The IWG is made up of a diverse set of stakeholders representing local, state and federal agencies, tribes, irrigation and agricultural interests and environmental organizations. The IWG follows a set of operating procedures that define it's purpose, members and the ultimate goals of this effort.
Chelan County and Ecology are initiating preparation of a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for the Icicle Strategy. This is being prepared in accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) and will include evaluating the proposal for probable significant adverse impacts, alternative ways to meet adopted guiding principles, mitigation measures, and permit approvals.
A Public Open House was held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. Click here to see the information presented at the open house.
Comments: There was a public comment period that ended May 11, 2016. The comments can be viewed in this comment response summary. Public comment will again be accepted following the release of a draft PEIS in the summer of 2017.
How Can I Learn More?
- Icicle Strategy SEPA Checklist
- Icicle Strategy Determination of Significance
- Icicle Strategy Questions and Answers
- Icicle Strategy Overview
- Icicle Strategy Project Overview
- Icicle Watershed Map
Upcoming Meeting Information
- Icicle Steering Committee, Thursday, February 2nd, 12:00, Confluence Technology Center in Wenatchee
- The remaining 2017 schedule will be determined soon.
The IWG is evaluating projects in an effort to develop an integrated project list that will meet all of the guiding principles and the specific metrics associates with each. The Icicle Work Group follows a Master Scope of Work and an Integrated Plan Timeline. Currently, data collection and appraisal level evaluations are underway for several projects. Additional projects are being considered by the Icicle Work Group, but either have not been funded yet or are awaiting other policy or science-based issues to be resolved before giving them the notice to proceed. The Icicle Work Group plans to move an Integrated Project List into SEPA Scoping in 2015.
Icicle Creek is a major tributary to the Wenatchee River (WRIA 45) in Chelan County. The Icicle Creek watershed encompasses an area of approximately 212 square miles most of which is undeveloped and resides in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness and the Wenatchee National Forest. Flows from Icicle Creek support a range of demands including both instream and out of stream uses which affect a diverse set of stakeholders.