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

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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Watershed Planning Takes the Stage Again in Washington

A new streamflow restoration law, ESSB 6091, will require some watershed groups in Washington to update their watershed plans to included strategies and projects for off-setting the consumptive water use of new "exempt" wells.  The state's Department of Ecology will...

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Poplar Biorefinery in Lewis County?

January 2018 Chehalis Basin Partnership Presentation Topic: Feasibility of Growing Poplar for a Hypothetical Biorefinery The region around Lewis County was identified as having potential for a poplar tree-based bioeconomy. WSU Extension's collaborators at the...

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