The purpose of the Watershed Improvement District is to give district members a voice, lend a hand, and find solutions. Farmers and rural landowners have long recognized that there is always too much or too little water for productive farming. Drainage requirements are very strict and confusing. Water rights are limited, and water right law is complex. We’re here to help.
On December 7, 2015 the WID was formed as an irrigation district under RCW Chapter 87.03 by a vote of 94% of the landowners in the district. This represented the culmination of a multi-year effort to find solutions to common water-related problems. Irrigation districts in Washington State date back to statehood in 1889. They have become more common in Western Washington in recent years, with six such districts having been formed in Whatcom County over the last decade.
The district boundary roughly follows the King County Agricultural Production District boundary, about 14,000 acres of floodplain from just below Snoqualmie Falls to the county line near Duvall. There are approximately 600 parcels and 300 landowners inside district boundaries.
To view the WID boundaries, or to find a particular parcel, visit King County iMap and turn on the “Planning” layer, and turn on the SVWID layer.
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If you have water rights
If you are interested in having a preliminary water rights analysis performed by the WID staff, please contact Cynthia Krass, email@example.com and set up a private consultation in our office in Carnation. This service is provided at no charge to district members.
If you need water rights
If you need access to water for irrigation, contact Cynthia Krass, firstname.lastname@example.org, to discuss the possibility obtaining water rights. Initial consultation provided at no charge to district members.
If you have drainage problems
Contact the district staff, Cynthia Krass, email@example.com, to discuss your drainage issues, and we’ll make sure you are included in our drainage maintenance planning efforts.
Water (irrigation and drainage) and it’s regulation by the government is part of farming life in the river valley. We’re here to give you a voice, lend a hand and find solutions.
Elections for expiring commissioner positions are held each year, with petitions for nomination due by first Monday in November. Consult RCW Chapter 87.03 or email staff or commissioners for more details.
Regular meetings of the WID Board of Commissioners are held on the Second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m.Carnation City Hall
4621 Tolt Avenue, Carnation, WA 98014. Minutes for Monthly Meetings are posted here, typically within six weeks of the meeting date .
Agenda for Monthly Meeting is posted here at least 24 hours in advance of the regular meeting.
Notice of any special meetings of the board of commissioners will be posted here, as per RCW Chapter 42.30.080 pertaining to special meetings and the open public meetings act.
The WID board encourages public comment at monthly board meetings. Public comment is at the start of the meeting. You have three minutes, not including Q&A from board. It is recommended that you be specific about what action you would like the WID to take, if any.
Meetings are not recorded, and we do not enter the content of public comment into the public record, only the name of the speaker. However, we do encourage those making public comment to prepare and submit comments in writing to accompany the record. Written comment is not required, only encouraged.