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Kittitas County VSP Watershed Group

Final Kittitas County Work Plan

The Kittitas County VSP Work Plan was submitted to the Washington State Conservation Commission on March 1, 2018. The Work Plan was presented to the State Technical Panel on March 30, 2018. It was approved by unanimous vote of the Technical Panel on April 27, 2018. The final Work Plan is available here:


Watershed Group Membership List

(Updated July, 2022)

VSP Watershed Group Members are requested to review the Open Public Meetings Act training video produced by the Attorney General's office. Click here to view the video.  Please let KCCD know when you have completed this training.

What are Critical Areas?

There are five critical areas identified in Washington’s GMA:

  • Wetlands

  • Frequently Flooded Areas

  • Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas

  • Geologically Hazardous Areas

  • Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas


In Kittitas County, information about critical areas can be found on the County's website by clicking here.

Reference Documents

VSP Flowchart - How to Apply the VSP, Shoreline Master Program and Critical Areas Regulations in Kittitas County (click here)

Overview of Entities Involved in VSP and Their Roles (click here)

Comparison between VSP and the current Growth Management regulations (courtesy of Columbia County) (click here)

VSP RCW 36.70A.700 through RCW 36.70A.904 (click here)

VSP Bill as passed by the Legislature - Engrossed Substitute House Bill 1886 (click here)


Map Resources

Washington Department of Agriculture Land Use (click here)

Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife Priority Habitats and Species (PHS) (click here)

Washington Interactive Geologic Map (click here)

US Fish & Wildlife Service National Wetlands Survey (click here)

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service Websoil Survey (soils maps) (click here)

Meeting Documents

The next meeting of the Watershed Group will occur in on March 22, 2024 from 10 AM to 12 PM in the KCCD Conference Room (2211 W Dolarway Road, Ellensburg). The meeting will also be on the Zoom platform. See agenda below for details.

Agendas, minutes and other meeting materials are available below.

March 22, 2024


December 8, 2023


Meeting Slide Deck


July 21, 2023


Meeting Slide Deck

Draft Minutes

February 17, 2023


Meeting Slide Deck and Info

KCWP 2022 Water Quality Data Presentation


January 13, 2023


Meeting Slide Deck and Info

Carbon Farming - Lynn Brewer


July 22, 2022


Meeting Slide Deck and Info


March 4, 2022


Meeting Slide Deck

Yakama Nation - Zack Mays Slide Deck

NOAA NMFS - Sean Gross Slide Deck


January 14, 2022 


Meeting PowerPoint

Ecology 2019 Water Quality Data PowerPoint

KCWP 2021 Water Quality Power Point


November 12, 2021 (rescheduled) 

October 22, 2021 (rescheduled) 

July 23, 2021

Agenda (with virtual meeting instructions)

Meeting Power Point


March 26, 2021


Meeting Power Point


November 6, 2020


Meeting Power Point


March 20, 2020

Agenda (cancelled)

February 20, 2020

Soil Health Workshop Agenda

Soil Health & Restoring Soil Function PowerPoint

Linking Soil Biology to Soil Health PowerPoint

Cover Crop Management PowerPoint

  Handouts -

Soil Pamphlet

Spheres of Influence

Critical Role of Cover Crops

Cover Crop Periodic Chart

Jones Light Farming


January 17, 2020


Meeting Power Point


December 13, 2019 - Cancelled

October 25, 2019


Meeting PowerPoint

July 26, 2019


Meeting PowerPoint

March 22, 2019



Meeting PowerPoint


February 22, 2019



Power Points From Speaker Jimmy Eisner (BLM Fish Biologist):

Management Tools & Techniques

Grazing Management

Key Plant Species

January 18, 2019


Meeting PowerPoint

Meeting Minutes

December 14, 2018


Mtg PowerPoint


April 27, 2018 - State Technical Panel Meeting


Response to Technical Panel Comments

Letter from Conservation Commission Approving Work Plan

March 30, 2018 - State Technical Panel Meeting


Comments Provided by State Technical Panel

February 15, 2018


VSP Work Plan and Appendices 2-9-2018

Updated Comment Matrix 2-9-2018

Blank Comment Matrix

Rapid Watershed Assessment (RWA)- Kittitas Irrigated Lands

Rapid Watershed Assessment (RWA)- Shrub Steppe Uplands

Rapid Watershed Assessment (RWA)- Forested Uplands

Power Point Presentation - RWA Data Summary for Table 5-7 Performance Objectives


January 18, 2018



VSP Work Plan Draft Sections 1-6

VSP Work Plan Draft Appendices

Blank Comment Table for Entire Draft

Appendix B-2

Appendix B-4

Updated Comment Matrix (includes Sections 1-5)

Power Point Presentation  - Anchor QEA (with updated data in tables)

December 18, 2017

DRAFT Minutes - December 18, 2017

Agenda- December 18, 2017

Power Point Presentation - Anchor QEA

VSP Work Plan Draft Section 5

VSP Work Plan Draft Comment Table - Section 5 

Comment Matrix for Sections 1-4

Draft Self-Assessment Form


November 20, 2017

Meeting Minutes (Draft)

Ag Land Cover Maps

Agenda - November 20, 2017

Power Point Presentation - Anchor QEA

VSP Work Plan Draft Sections 1-4

VSP Work Plan Comments Table


October 25, 2017

Meeting Minutes

Agenda - October 25, 2017

Example FAQs

Ag Viability Interview Data

September 25, 2017 (Technical Committee Meeting)

Meeting Minutes

Agenda - September 25, 2017

August 25, 2017 (Technical Committee Meeting)

Meeting Minutes

Agenda - August 25, 2017

July 19, 2017

Meeting Minutes - July 19, 2017

Agenda - July 19, 2017

March 29, 2017 (Technical Committee Meeting)

Meeting Minutes - March 29, 2017

Agenda - March 29, 2017


March 14, 2017

Meeting Minutes - March 14, 2017

KCCD PowerPoint - March 14, 2017

Agenda - March 14, 2017


February 22, 2017

Meeting Minutes - February 22, 2017

KCCD Power Point - February 22, 2017

Agenda - February 22, 2017

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