Water Quality Compliance Policy
The KCWP Water Quality Compliance Policy
is our tool to improve our water quality using
local expertise, lessening the need for
Ecology to act and/or implement fines on
In a nutshell, if a landowner has a very
significant turbidity-causing event, the KCWP
will notify the irrigation district providing
water to that land manager. The district will
notify the land manager, and will assist,
along with the KCWP, in finding a remedy to
the situation. KCWP will conduct follow-up
monitoring to ensure the problem is solved.
If there is a second event at the same site, the
KCWP will again notify the irrigation district.
This time, the land manager as well as the
landowner will be notified. Assistance will
again be offered, and follow-up monitoring
In the case of a third incident, the issue will
be documented and the information
forwarded to Ecology, as the solution at the
point seems to be outside of local control.
For a copy of the complete policy (3 pages),
please contact the KCWP.
Q: Who's paying for all this?
A: Participating irrigation districts and companies make a contribution of 50 cents per
acre of land they provide water to. This amount has not increased since 1999. Grants have
historically played a large part in funding.
Q: Is it working?
A: YES! Water quality continues to improve, and state agencies such as Ecology point to us
as a model for other areas also in need of improvements.
Copyright 2015, 2016 Kittitas County Water Purveyors
PO Box 276
Ellensburg, WA 98926