What’s Happening Now?
2020 continues to be a significant year for the Chehalis Basin Strategy. By the end of March 2021, the Chehalis Basin Board will share its recommendations for which actions should be implemented as part of the long-term Chehalis Basin Strategy.
The Office of Chehalis Basin and Chehalis Basin Board remain committed to collaborating and securing public input from everyone who cares about the Basin, and to exploring actions that could accomplish large-scale flood damage reduction outcomes and improve habitat for aquatic species.
Gathering Public Input
Starting in fall 2020, the Office of Chehalis Basin will be hosting three public meetings to hear directly from Basin residents and others on the choices related to reducing flood damage that could affect our daily lives and the future health of our region.
The first public meeting was held virtually on November 10, 5:30-7:30pm. Click here to access the recording.
This meeting was an opportunity for Basin residents and others to get updated on the Chehalis Basin Strategy, and to help shape flood damage reduction strategies that will impact our homes, property, businesses, communities, transportation, fish and wildlife, and our rivers, streams and forests.
The Chehalis Basin
The Chehalis Basin is unique. It supports distinct communities and landscapes, commercial farms and forests, and important and rare species of fish and wildlife. It is home to the Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation, and the Quinault Indian Nation’s fishing, hunting, and gathering rights within the Basin are recognized by U.S. treaty.
Flooding is a normal part of the Chehalis basin’s ecology, but decades of intensive land use have made our lands and waterways incapable of absorbing even normal levels of flooding, putting homes, businesses, towns, and fish and wildlife at greater and greater risk.
Now, climate change is making the situation potentially catastrophic.
The Chehalis Basin Strategy is bringing people together across the Basin to halt and reverse the devastating decline of salmon and other aquatic species, and protect communities and landscapes from the predicted increase of flooding disasters.
The Chehalis Basin Strategy
The Chehalis Basin Strategy is a 10-year partnership of agency, tribal, and independent scientists, private landowners, utility managers, fishers, farmers, and foresters, and local leaders who are imagining and examining new paths forward.
Early actions to restore aquatic species habitat and help the region withstand flooding are already underway. As the long-term strategy continues to take shape, residents across the Basin are invited to weigh in on the set of actions under consideration.