The Chehalis Basin is unique in the State of Washington because of its extensive floodplains, amphibian diversity, relatively healthy and robust salmon runs, and the absence of Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed salmonids. However, similar to other river basins in the state, it has suffered significant habitat degradation over the last 100 years. As a result, populations of both fish and wildlife have dramatically decreased.
The State of Washington, Quinault Indian Nation, and the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis, along with other stakeholders, are developing an Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP). The ASRP is the component of the Chehalis Basin Strategy that focuses on restoring the ecological health of the Chehalis River Basin; it is centered around actions in the freshwater environment where there is a potential to provide substantial gains for aquatic species, despite the dynamic conditions and uncertainties associated with external factors (such as climate change).
The vision of the ASRP is to provide for a future in which the Chehalis Basin can support healthy and harvestable salmon populations; robust and diverse populations of native aquatic and semi-aquatic species; and productive, self-sustaining ecosystems that are resilient to climate change and anthropogenic stressors – while simultaneously honoring the social, economic, and cultural values of the region.
To achieve success on a Basin-wide scale, it is imperative that ASRP approaches are guided by the best available science and are supported by landowners, tribes, local communities, and other stakeholders. Ensuring that science-based solutions are credible, transparent, and well-supported enables everyone to have confidence that proposed approaches have a high probability of success and that funding is used wisely.
Click here to learn more about the ASRP Steering Committee, which directs the staff and technical work to develop the ASRP.
Click here to learn more about the ASRP Phase I Draft Plan, scheduled to be released in November 2019.
Click here to learn more about restoration projects that are being designed or have been implemented on-the-ground in the Chehalis Basin.