The Kittitas Reclamation District
is located in Central Washington in
the Kittitas Valley. Here are some
brief KRD facts:
Approximately two thirds of all the
irrigated acres in Kittitas County,
approximately 60,000 acres, are serviced
by the KRD's 330 miles of canals and
laterals. It is the 6th largest irrigation
district in Washington State. Thirty
syphons, the longest is 3325 feet
in length, and eleven tunnels help
the canal keep as much elevation as
possible. From its start at Lake Easton
Dam to its terminus on the Turbine
Ditch where it spills to the Yakima
River the canal only looses 310 feet
in those 78 miles.
The KRD has a pro-ratable water right,
meaning in a drought year when there
is less water than it takes to fulfill
all of the non-prorated water rights
in the Yakima River basin, KRD will
receive less than its full entitlement.
The last major shortfalls were in
2001 and 2005.
The KRD budget is funded by landowner
assessments. The rates of assessment
are determined by a Board of Directors
who are elected from landowners within
the District. 1997 was the last year
that there was an increase in the
assessment rate for District operation
The KRD currently operates 22 gagestations
that transmit canal level information
to the office every two hours to help
better manage day to day operations.
Recently, more and more farm lands
have been subdivided for new houses.
In the last ten years, the number
of landowners with KRD assessed acres
has increased over 30%.