The City of Ellensburg has several designated ‘critical areas’.
The city shall regulate all uses, activities, and developments within, adjacent to, or likely to affect, one or more critical areas, consistent with the best available science and the provisions herein. Critical areas regulated by ECC Chapter 15.600
include wetlands, frequently flooded areas, critical aquifer recharge areas, geologically hazardous areas, and fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas. Please contact Community Development prior to any clearing next to a stream.