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


“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 or (360) 488-3232

February 19th CBP Meeting

On February 19th, Chehalis Basin Partnership members and invited guests listened to presentations and discussed activities in the Chehalis Basin happening as part of the “Chehalis Basin Strategy”.  Presentations are available for download here. ... read more

Welcome to the new CBP website!

Welcome to the new Chehalis Basin Partnership website! This site was designed to preserve the elements Partners appreciated about the old site, while modernizing the look and feel of the site. Please take a look around. Thanks for your interest in the Chehalis... read more

10th Annual Watershed Fest a Success

The 10th Annual Chehalis Watershed Festival was a success thanks to the support of dozens of great community groups throughout the Chehalis Basin. This year the festival occurred on the day of the greatest rainstorm we’d seen since last winter. The storm... read more