What’s Happening Now?
By the end of June 2021, the Chehalis Basin Board will share its recommendations for which actions should be implemented as part of the long-term Chehalis Basin Strategy, as well as next steps in the planning process.
The Office of Chehalis Basin and Chehalis Basin Board remain committed to collaborating and securing public input from everyone who lives, works in, and cares about the Basin, and to exploring actions that could accomplish large-scale flood damage reduction outcomes and improve habitat for aquatic species.
Starting in fall 2020, the Office of Chehalis Basin hosted a series of public meetings to connect with and hear directly from Basin residents and others on the choices related to reducing flood damage and restoring aquatic species habitat that will impact the future of the Chehalis Basin.
Learn more by viewing the meeting recordings and presentations from the public meetings:
- Public Meeting #3: March 9, 2021: View the meeting recording | View the meeting presentation
- Public Meeting #2: February 17, 2021: View the meeting recording | View the meeting presentation
- Public Meeting #1: November 10, 2020: View the meeting recording
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.