Kittitas Reclamation District Manager
in Ellensburg, WA
Urban, is leading the way in planning for climate adaptation. He grew up on a farm in the Kittitas Valley and is a natural born leader in the agriculture community. Urban was a member of the Future Farmers of America Parliamentary Procedure Team in high school, served as Legislative Affairs Chairman and President of the Kittitas County Farm Bureau in the 1980s and early 1990s. He was first elected to the Board of Directors of the Kittitas Reclamation District in 1986 at the age of 25 and remained an active board member until being appointed as the KRD Secretary Manager in 2015. During the past few decades he has seen much change in the agricultural community and their needs. He attended his first Yakima River Basin Water Enhancement Project (YRBWEP) meeting in 1979 and has worked on finding solutions to the Yakima Basin water issues ever since. He helped with the drafting and successful passage through Congress of the 1994 YRBWEP phase II legislation. Urban has been an outspoken leader on water issues, including being a leading agricultural representative of the Yakima Basin Integrated Plan and continues to work on the plan as it moves through Congress.