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
siphons, 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 loses 310 feet
in those 78 miles.
The KRD has a pro-ratable water right.
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, the KRD will
receive less than its full entitlement.
The last major shortfalls were in
2001, 2005, and 2015.
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 KRD currently operates 22
gagestations that transmit canal level
information to the office every hour 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%.