Office of Chehalis Basin

The Washington State Legislature created the Office of Chehalis Basin and the Chehalis Board – A new framework to advance the Chehalis Basin Strategy

The Legislature established a new framework in 2016 for implementing the Chehalis Basin Strategy.  House Bill (HB) 2856 did three things:

  • Clarified the elements of the new Chehalis Basin Strategy;
  • Established a new Office of Chehalis Basin to lead implementation; and
  • Created a new Chehalis Board to provide long-term oversight.

The Chehalis Basin Strategy will include the following elements as specified in HB 2856:

  • A detailed set of actions to reduce flood damage and improve aquatic species habitat;
  • An implementation schedule; and
  • Quantified measures for evaluating the success of implementation.

The Office of Chehalis Basin is created to aggressively pursue implementation of an integrated Strategy for long-term flood damage reduction and aquatic species restoration in the Chehalis River Basin.  The Office will administer funding provided by the Legislature to implement the Chehalis Basin Strategy. The new Office is located within the Department of Ecology.

The Chehalis Board is being created to oversee implementation of the Chehalis Basin Strategy.  Applications are open now to serve on the new Chehalis Board. Click here to learn more. The Board will build on the previous work of the Governor’s Chehalis Basin Work Group. The Chehalis Board consists of seven voting members: two members appointed by the Governor; one each appointed by the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation and the Quinault Indian Nation; and three members appointed by the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority.  Five State agency directors will serve as ex office members.

The Office and Board will become operational in mid-2017, at the beginning of the 2017-2019 funding biennium.  For more information, contact Chrissy Bailey at (360) 407-6781 or Chrissy.bailey@ecy.wa.gov.

Applying for appointment to the new Chehalis Board

Individuals with a strong awareness of and involvement in flooding and fish issues in the Chehalis basin are encouraged to apply for positions on the new Chehalis Board. The Chehalis Board is a new policy group being appointed to oversee implementation of a long-term, integrated Chehalis Basin Strategy.  Target date for all members of the Board to be designated is May 1.

Here are the open Board positions and application details:

Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority will appoint three members to the Board. Individuals interested in applying must submit a Statement of Interest and Experience no later than 5:00 p.m., March 15, 2017.  See details at: https://www.ezview.wa.gov/site/alias__1492/37030/OCB-Board-Recruitment.aspx.  For more information on the Flood Authority appointments, contact Scott Boettcher at (360) 480-6600 or scottb@sbgh-partners.com.

The Governor will appoint two positions on the Board. Applications can be submitted on-line at the Boards and Commissions web site.  See http://www.governor.wa.gov/boards-commissions.  From the left menu on the home page, click “Apply to serve on a Board.” After loading the application form, in the “Please choose a board” field, hit the arrow for a pull-down menu – Chehalis Board is listed alphabetically.  For more information on the Governor’s appointment process, contact Colin McCann at colin.mccann@gov.wa.gov.