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

Request for Qualifications – Facilitator

The Chehalis Basin Partnership is about to embark on an update of its Watershed Plan to meet the requirements of the state's new Streamflow Restoration Act.  This is an exciting opportunity to bring this multi-stakeholder group together to develop a plan and specific...

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Chehalis Basin Partnership Meeting – October 26

The Chehalis Basin Partnership will meet on Friday, October 26th at the Lucky Eagle Hotel in Rochester. The meeting is open to the public. The Partnership will be discussing next steps for updating the Chehalis Basin Watershed Management Plan in response to the...

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Chehalis Basin Partnership Meeting – July 27

Come learn about the new Streamflow Restoration Law and opportunities to design projects to get more water back into creeks and rivers. Also learn about education and community involvement efforts to teach Chehalis Basin residents more about their water resources. ...

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Chehalis Basin Partnership meeting – June 22

The next meeting of the Chehalis Basin Partnership will be Friday, June 22nd, at the Lucky Eagle Casino in Rochester.  Join us to learn more about stream flows, water supply, the "Hirst Fix," and how you can be involved.

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