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The Growth Management Act requires Washington counties to designate and protect critical areas, such as streams (RCW 36.70A.060). For the last 4 years, agricultural, environmental, and tribal representatives have worked on a new, alternative approach to critical areas protection for agricultural activities that the Legislature adopted in 2011 (ESHB 1886). The legislation for this new, alternative approach is codified in RCW 36.70A, the Growth Management Act, as the "Voluntary Stewardship Program" (VSP).

Public Open House

On November 30, 2011, as authorized by ESHB 1886, the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners adopted Ordinance No 2011-012, electing to participate in the VSP, as an alternative to RCW 36.70A.060, for protecting critical areas in areas used for agricultural activities.

While the County is not required to implement the VSP until adequate State funding is available, the County hosted a public open house event on February 28, 2012 to provide information regarding the various aspects of the VSP and updates on the timing for availability of funding.

Below are some of the materials that were shared at the open house:

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