Working Together to Manage Our Water

The Chehalis Basin Partnership formed to bring people together to find ways to reach shared goals for the Chehalis River Watershed. Our approach is to be collaborative and engage diverse interests in the watershed. We focus on finding voluntary, cooperative, non-regulatory approaches to addressing water resource challenges.

The Partnership’s founding members recognized that water can cause problems – whether there is too much of it or not enough in the right place at the right time. They also recognized that there were emerging opportunities for local input on managing water throughout an entire landscape.

The Partnership prepared the Chehalis Watershed Plan, released in 2004, which aspired to design a flexible and informed system to manage water that maximized the involvement of local residents.

Today, Partnership members are working to find solutions to water issues in five priority areas:

  • Planning
  • Public Involvement
  • Water Quality
  • Water Quantity
  • Habitat

Mission

“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.”

Join Us!

The Partnership meets the 4th Friday of each month in the Chehalis Rooms of the Lucky Eagle Casino near Rochester, from 9:30 to 12:00. All meetings are open to the public.

If you have questions or suggestions, feel free to contact Watershed Coordinator, Kirsten Harma at kharma@chehalistribe.org or (360) 488-3232

December 6 – Chehalis Basin Partnership Meeting

The next meeting of the Chehalis Basin Partnership will be December 6, instead of the regular "4th Friday" timeline, to account for the Thanksgiving Holiday. The meeting will be held at the Fairfield Marriott in Grand Mound, from 9:30 - 12:00.  The public are welcome...

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October 25- Chehalis Basin Partnership meeting

The next Chehalis Basin Partnership is Friday, October 25th, to be held at the Fairfield Marriott in Grand Mound (Rochester) just off I-5 on Highway 12.  The group will discuss consumptive use estimates to fulfil the requirements of 6091- Streamflow Restoration Act....

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Chehalis Basin Partnership Meeting – July 26

Regular meeting of the Chehalis Basin Partnership. Group will continue conversations about water supply and demand forecasts for the basin, as well as provide input on sub-basin delineations, while discussing project opportunities. All are welcome!

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Chehalis Basin Partnership Meeting – June 28

Regular meeting of the Chehalis Basin Partnership. The group will discuss the working Charter, how Instream Flow rules are created, the recently declared drought and water curtailments, and initial work on population and growth forecasts. The public is welcome....

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