Kittitas
Reclamation
District
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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 and maintenance.

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%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Us
Telephone
(509) 925-6158
FAX
(509) 925-7425
Postal Address
P.O. Box 276 Ellensburg, WA 98926
Street Address
315 North Water (corner of Fourth and Water Streets)
E-mail
District Manager: krdoffice@fairpoint.net
Office Manager: krd.barb@fairpoint.net
Lands Clerk/RRA: krd.keli@fairpoint.net
Office Clerk: krd.tina@fairpoint.net
GIS, NPDES: krdgis@fairpoint.net
Water Quality: krdwq@fairpoint.net