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 – July 26

Regular meeting of the Chehalis Basin Partnership. Group will continue conversations about water supply and demand forecasts for the basin, as well as provide input on sub-basin delineations, while discussing project opportunities. All are welcome!

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Chehalis Basin Partnership Meeting – June 28

Regular meeting of the Chehalis Basin Partnership. The group will discuss the working Charter, how Instream Flow rules are created, the recently declared drought and water curtailments, and initial work on population and growth forecasts. The public is welcome....

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Chehalis Basin Partnership Meeting – April 26

The regular meeting of the Chehalis Basin Partnership will be held on Friday, April 26th, at the Lucky Eagle Hotel, Sky Room (5th Floor) from 9:30 am until 12 noon.  The group will discuss next steps in the Watershed Plan Update process. The public is welcome to...

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Chehalis Basin Partnership – February 22nd, 2019

Regular meeting of the Chehalis Basin Partnership. There will be two presentations: Nisqually Watershed Plan Update –Successes and Lessons. Ecology recently approved the Nisqually Planning Unit’s watershed plan update for the Streamflow Restoration Act. Allison from...

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