Kennewick Irrigation Districts celebrates title transfer that will increase efficiency and project management

KENNEWICK, Wash. – The Kennewick Irrigation District (KID) hosted a ‘Title Transfer Celebration’ on Thursday afternoon. According to KID, most irrigation facilities are owned by the federal government. Legislation passed in 2019, making the process of transferring titles more manageable.

The Dingell Act shortens the time it takes to transfer federally owned irrigation facilities over to the communities that they serve—a process that previously took a very long time.

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Congressman Dan Newhouse was a key component in getting this law passed through Congress. He attended a celebration in Kennewick on Thursday and spoke about the process.

“Transferring these assets to the district will allow water managers to be as efficient as possible, to be creative, innovative, and to get the job done–who knows better than the folks that live right here?” Newhouse said.

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KID has been operating and maintaining the irrigation facilities and systems that they didn’t own before the title transfer. It is now more easily accessible for the district to make changes that used to take years.

Newhouse is hoping that other districts will follow in Kennewick’s footsteps.

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