12228 Nyanza Rd. SW * Lakewood, WA 98499
Office (253) 581 - 9752 * Home (253) 584-0759
Mobile (253) 21-WATER * Fax (253) 588-1588
email: waterrightsinc@msn.com
email: kris@waterrightsinc.com


Water Rights, Inc. provides professional and technical water resource engineering and planning consulting assistance in Washington State with Kris G. Kauffman, P. E. as the principal employee.

Mr. Kauffman’s qualifications follow.


Qualifications  July, 2000

Kris has been President of Water Rights, Inc., for over eighteen years, performing professional consulting in various aspects of Water Resource and Water Right matters.  In this capacity, he has appeared as a expert before various agencies, the State Pollution Control Hearings Board, various State Superior Courts and Federal District Courts for both Eastern and Western Washington.  He has been president of Water Rights, Inc., since 1982.

During the past ten years he has had a number of Water Right engagements which involved choosing other consultants to collaborate on a variety of issues:  the dominant issue has been Hydraulic Continuity, both as between multiple wells and, as between surface and groundwater; and, Instream Flow methodology.  Separately, he has been involved in various analysis of Water Right values and followed various State Water Policy and Legislative activity and development in Water Resources.

Kris is a registered Civil Engineer in good standing in Washington since 1970 under Professional Engineer License No. 11975. 

He graduated in Civil Engineering from the University of Washington in 1965, emphasizing Water Resources course work. 

He was born in Port Angeles, Washington, in 1942, and grew up in north Seattle.  Additional education and short course work have been completed in optimization techniques and groundwater analysis including micro and macro modeling methods.

Professional work includes:

Field engineering and geophysical activity in mining exploration with a consulting engineering firm in North America

Two years as an engineer in the Peace Corps in (West) Pakistan with emphasis on rural water supply from both surface and groundwater sources, including responsibilities for design through contract administration and pay authorization (1965-1967)

Regional Engineer for the Washington Department of Water Resources (later Ecology) for Northeastern Washington, then all of Eastern Washington, for water rights and flood control permits (1968-1972) inclusive of representing the State in contested water right cases related to both surface and groundwater before administrative appeal board and superior court settings.

Kris participated in and supervised the project and program planning activities in water resources for all 62 basins in Washington State (1973-10/1980).  He is generally familiar with Water Resources throughout Washington State with detailed knowledge in 23 of the principal State River Basins.

In 1979 Kris was appointed to the International Osoyoos Lake Board of Control by the International Joint commission.  He continues as the longest standing member on this Board with three colleagues from Canada and two from the U.S.

Kris chaired the regional staff review for the Coordinated Comprehensive Joint Plan (CCJP) for Water and Related Land Resources for the Columbia-North Pacific Region (CNP) with a 2020 time horizon for the Pacific Northwest Rivers Basins’ Commission circa 1978.   He was also in responsible charge of the State's drought response in 1977, part of which included authorization and funding assistance for extensive supplemental groundwater source development.

 Kris was Chief Engineer for the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission from 1980 to 1992, with responsibility for managing a design and construction staff of up to 30.  State Parks' Infrastructure included five dams, over 120 water supplies with both surface and groundwater sources, over 80 sewage treatment facilities including primary, secondary and tertiary levels of treatment, 375 miles of paved road, and over 500 buildings in over 100 staffed locations.

Kris was active at the local, regional and national level of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). He co-authored a policy review of the Reagan Administration water resources initiatives.  He is a member of the ASCE Model State Water Regulatory Code Standards Committee, the Shared Use of Transboundary Water Resources Task Force and the past Chair of the Water Laws Committee of the Water Resource Planning and Management Division of ASCE. 

He is a current and founding member and past president of the state affiliate of the American Water Resources Association and a member of the American Water Works Association.  He is a current Executive Board Member of the Cascade Land Conservancy of King, Snohomish and Pierce Counties in Washington State.

 Kris is married with three children and resides in Lakewood, Washington.