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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-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 Growth Management Act requires Washington counties to designate and protect
critical areas, such as streams (RCW 36.70A.060).
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).
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.
In 2015 the Washington State Conservation Commission provided funding for Kittitas County to develop a Voluntary
Stewardship Program. As part of participating in this program, Counties must designate a Watershed Group to develop
a watershed-scale plan that will:
In November 2015, Kittitas County entered into an interlocal agreement with the Kittitas County Conservation
District to facilitate the Watershed Group. In January 2016 Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners passed
Resolution 2016-001 designating the Kittitas County Conservation District as the lead entity for the Voluntary Stewardship Program.
For further information and to stay up to date on upcoming meetings and the progress of the Voluntary Stewardship Program
please sign up for email notifications at the top of this page and visit the
Kittitas County Conservation District webpage.
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.