Kittitas County Boards and Committees

Yakima River Access Citizen's Advisory Committee

The county is seeking to create a comprehensive strategy for improving access along the entire Yakima River corridor.  This could include enhancements to existing river access sites as well as the creation of new ones.  Volunteers are being sought from all areas of interest and types of user groups including fishermen, boaters, floaters, wildlife habitat advocates, wildlife viewers and photographers, emergency responders, private landowners along the river corridot, and local, state, federal and tribal governments.


The planning effort is being paid for with taxes collected by the county on paid overnight accommodations like hotel/motel stays and camping fees.  These funds, known as lodging tax, can only be utilized for projects which enhance tourism and draw tourists to the county.  The project was approved by county commissioners after it was recommended by the county’s lodging tax advisory committee earlier this year.  “River access and water activities are an important part of our recreation-based tourism economy as well as a significant contributor to our quality of life,” stated Commissioner Paul Jewell who is leading the planning effort.  “We can enhance both aspects for county residents and visitors alike by making investments in improved access.”


1. William Meyer
2. Scott Nicolai
3. Dave Bouta
4. Donald Bechard
5. John Schultz
6. Ryan Gausman
7. Theo Leonard
8. Joe Rotter
9. Mike Milligan
10. Steve Worley
11. Jack Seth
12. Todd Thayer
13. Judy Hallisey
14. Nicole (Nicky) Pasi
15. Kyle Thayer
16. Gary Cox
17. Clay Myers KCSO

Staff Contact: Calvana Carper, CDS Office Assistant. 509-933-8254

 County Commissioner - Chair