The Strategy

Sunset over the river

The Chehalis Basin Strategy is an ambitious collection of potential actions to address the dual challenges of extreme flooding and degraded aquatic species habitat. In 2017, the Office of Chehalis Basin and Chehalis Basin Board were created to aggressively pursue implementation of an integrated, Basin-wide strategy for long-term flood damage reduction and aquatic species restoration. The Strategy includes near- and long-term actions, as well as small- and large-scale projects. The long-term goal of the Strategy is to make the Basin a safer place for families and communities impacted by flooding, and to improve and restore aquatic species habitat now and for future generations.

Click here to view the Chehalis Basin Board’s 2019-2021 biennium budget recommendation to the Governor and 2019-2021 biennium budget recommendation handout.

Additional letters of support for the Chehalis Basin Board’s 2019-2021 biennium budget recommendation to the Governor have been provided by:

Nothing is decided at this point for the long-term strategy—the actions in the table below are being considered to address two major goals: to restore over 200-500 miles of aquatic species habitat and reduce damage from severe flooding.

Restore over 200-500 miles of riverside habitat by:

  • Restoring and improving river habitat
  • Removing barriers and improving fish passage
  • Reconnecting the floodplain
Local-scale actions:

  • Installing farm pads
  • Protecting critical infrastructure like roads
  • Improving land use and floodplain management
  • Helping basin residents understand flood insurance 
  • Taking integrated early actions
Large-scale actions:

  • Proposed Chehalis River Basin Flood Damage Reduction Project
  • Comprehensive Community Flood Assistance and Resilience program
  • Aberdeen Hoquiam North Shore levee
  • Projects to protect regional transportation corridors