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

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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Watershed Festival Coming to Summerfest

The Chehalis Watershed Festival Celebration is coming to Borst Park during Summerfest this Fourth of July.  The Celebration adds even more great activities for you and your family to participate in after the fun-run and free pancake breakfast. The Watershed Festival...

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Agriculture in the Chehalis Basin

At the April 22nd Chehalis Basin Partnership meeting, guest speakers shared perspectives on challenges and opportunities for the agriculture industry in the Chehalis Basin.  Full meeting minutes available here. Brian Thompson from the Lewis County Farm Bureau gave an...

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