The Chehalis Basin Partnership was formed in 1998 under RCW 90.82, the Watershed Management Act, to provide a framework for local citizens, interest groups, and government organizations to work collaboratively to identify and solve water-related issues.   

Grays Harbor County is the designated lead agency and fiscal agent for the Partnership.  The Partnership's diverse membership consisting of cities, counties, tribes, water purveyors, state agencies, federal agencies, and citizen stakeholders are integral to the watershed planning and implementation process.

The Partnership developed and adopted a plan mission statement and goals. The mission statement is as follows:

“To implement a management plan that will result in effective, economical, and equitable management of the water in the Chehalis Basin to sustain viable and healthy communities and habitat conditions necessary for native fish.”  

In addition, the Partnership developed a Watershed Management Plan (WMP) which was adopted in 2004 to help better manage the water resources in the Chehalis Basin. In 2007 they developed the Detailed Implementation Plan which lays the groundwork for implementing specific strategies highlighted in the WMP.

Jarred Figlar-Barnes McDonald Creek Restoration Project
Jarred Figlar-Barnes, an Elma High School student sees his first restoration project on McDonald Creek being completed, during September 2011.

The Partnership generally meets the fourth Friday of each month in the Chehalis Rooms of the Lucky Eagle Casino near Rochester from 9:30am to 12:00pm.  All meetings are open to the public.

If you have any questions, comments and/or suggestions, please feel free to contact the Watershed Coordinator, Kirsten Harma, MSc., 360-488-3232, kharma@chehalistribe.org.

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