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.