Office of Chehalis Basin

The Washington State Legislature created the Office of Chehalis Basin and the Chehalis Basin 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 Basin 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 Basin Board is created to oversee implementation of the Chehalis Basin Strategy.  The Board will build on the previous work of the Governor’s Chehalis Basin Work Group. The Chehalis Basin 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 became 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.

Please visit the Department of Ecology’s Office of Chehalis Basin website for more information on Chehalis Basin Board meeting dates and materials.