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

Small Forest Landowners and the Chehalis Basin

At the October 28th Chehalis Basin Partnership meeting, guest speakers shared news about opportunities for small forest landowners in the Chehalis Basin. Elaine Oneil from the Washington Farm Forestry Association shared the importance of small forestry: small forest...

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CBP Welcomes Joe Kalisch

The Grays Harbor Stream Team now has a new leader - Joe Kalish.  Joe is a third generation Grays Harbor resident, currently residing in Cosmopolis. Joe has demonstrated a commitment to the harbor and to fisheries.  He was a driving force in restarting the Fish Lab at...

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Part Time Job: Grays Harbor Stream Team

Position Title: Grays Harbor Stream Team Coordinator. Dates of Service: Desired Start Date: September 1, 2016. One year with an average of 20 hrs/week, through September 2017. Position Summary: Clean, healthy streams and estuaries sustain salmon, shellfish, and our...

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