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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
The County draft Cumulative Impact Analysis report from January 2014 has been updated based on Department
of Ecology comments and changes in the July 2014 Revised Final Draft SMP. This report (see below) is
an analysis of the cumulative impacts that can be expected to occur if the Final Revised Draft SMP is
implemented. The conclusion of the No Net Loss Report (see below) is that adoption of the County's
July 2014 Revised Final Draft SMP would, over time, achieve no net loss of County shoreline ecological
The draft Cumulative Impact Analysis reports from November 2013 have been updated based on advisory
committee comments and changes in the Draft SMPs. These reports are an analysis of the cumulative impacts
that can be expected to occur if the Final Draft SMPs are implemented:
As part of the regional Shoreline Master Program (SMP) update effort underway in Kittitas County, City
of Ellensburg, City of Cle Elum, and Town of South Cle Elum, each jurisdiction is required to evaluate
the "cumulative impacts" of reasonably foreseeable future development to verify that the policies and
regulations proposed for shoreline management in each jurisdiction are adequate to ensure "no net loss
of shoreline functions." These reports are an analysis of the cumulative impacts that can be expected
to occur if the Revised Draft SMPs are implemented:
The State's SMP Guidelines (WAC 173-26) require local governments to develop policies that promote restoration
of impaired shoreline ecological functions and a "real and meaningful" strategy to implement restoration
objectives. Restoration efforts in Kittitas County reflect decades of scientific study, community involvement,
and partnerships between the County, the Yakama Nation, the Kittitas County Conservation District, state
and federal agencies, and other public and private partner organizations. The Shoreline Restoration
Plan builds on and complements these efforts.
The Shoreline Restoration Plan is a technical document intended to support the SMP update; it is not
a regulatory document. The Restoration Plan includes goals, priorities and opportunities for the purpose
of guiding restoration efforts along the shorelines of Kittitas County and its municipalities. The Restoration
Plan is intended to be a dynamic document that is updated regularly or adjusted in response to changing
priorities, new funding mechanisms, and new potential restoration projects.
The County and Cities/Town worked with the technical consultants and the
Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)
over the first half of 2012 to prepare a draft Shoreline Inventory, Analysis and Characterization
Report (ICR). The June 2012 draft ICR was used to assign proposed shoreline environment
designations and develop proposed goals, policies and regulations for the
January 2013 Initial Draft Shoreline Master Program (SMP).
The June 2012 draft ICR was subsequently revised to include
channel migration zone mapping and to respond to comments from the
Citizen Advisory Committee
and Department of Ecology. The May 2013 final ICR will be utilized to prepare a revised SMP for each
individual jurisdiction and to show how the SMP will achieve no net loss of shoreline ecological functions.
More information regarding the purpose of the ICR is available in Chapter 7 of the Department
of Ecology Shoreline Handbook.
Final May 2013 Inventory and Characterization Report
Draft June 2012 Inventory and Characterization Report
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.