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 District.
The KRD currently operates over
gagestations that transmit canal level
information to the office every hour
to help better manage day to day
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 thirty percent.