BEVERLY, Wash. -- Deputies from Grant, Kittitas, Douglas and Chelan county sheriff’s offices and officers from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife are patrolling the closed Wanapum reservoir shoreline.
Authorities said the shoreline is closed, including Grant PUD and WDFW public-access boat launches, recreation sites and beaches. The Wanapum Lower Boat Launch, Wanapum Heritage Center and day-use are also closed.
Official are patrolling the area because conditions could be dangerous to the public. Deputies and WDFW officers are actively enforcing laws prohibiting trespassing and disturbing culturally sensitive areas.
The shoreline and reservoir have been closed since March 5.
Grant PUD leaders said they are working to ensure that irrigators are prepared for the upcoming irrigation season.
An evaluation of Wanapum Dam’s spillway pier is underway. Once evaluations are complete, officials will determine the best way to begin repairing the dam and raising the level of the reservoir.
Grant PUD Fisheries are working with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries and US Fish and Wildlife Service representatives to develop plans to modify fish ladders at Wanapum Dam to allow migrating salmon and steelhead to pass when the adult spring Chinook salmon run begins in mid-April.