ASRP Steering Committee

Chehalis River

The ASRP’s Steering Committee (Steering Committee) directs the staff and technical work to develop the ASRP. Members use a consensus model to make decisions and develop recommendations for the Chehalis Basin Board. The Steering Committee is responsible for:

  • developing short- and long-term strategies for aquatic species restoration;
  • selecting priority reaches/sub-watersheds;
  • prioritizing and sequencing actions;
  • reviewing, ranking and recommending projects for funding;
  • appointing members and overseeing the work of the Science Review Team and Monitoring and Adaptive Management Team;
  • developing and revising the ASRP;
  • preparing biennial budget requests;
  • coordinating with the Chehalis Lead Entity and Office of Chehalis Basin; and
  • identifying and addressing potential conflicts that could impact project implementation.

Who We Are

Voting members:

  • Nicole Czarnomski, Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife
  • Dave Bingaman, Quinault Indian Nation
  • Colleen Suter, Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis

Ex-Officio (non-voting) members:

  • Marc Mobbs, Quinault Indian Nation
  • Hope Rieden, Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis
  • Stacy Polkowske (interim), Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Tom Gorman, Washington State Department of Natural Resources
  • Kirsten Harma, Chehalis Basin Lead Entity

Steering Committee Associated Groups

The Science and Technical Review Team (SRT) was formed in 2017 as an advisory group to provide ongoing scientific advice and recommendations to the Steering Committee during the development of the ASRP. Considerations for the SRT typically include responding to questions from the Steering Committee, providing technical review of ASRP elements, identifying important scientific issues that need to be addressed, developing ASRP elements, and providing technical review of the ASRP products. Regular SRT meetings are held to discuss issues and develop guidance; membership is determined by the Steering Committee.

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The Monitoring and Adaptive Management Team (M&AM), formed in 2018, is responsible for designing and implementing the ASRP monitoring and adaptive management program, identifying and addressing data gaps, coordinating data management, reviewing research proposals, and submitting research budgets and recommendations to the Steering Committee. M&AM members are appointed by the Steering Committee.

The Chehalis Basin Lead Entity (Lead Entity) recommends allocation of state and federal salmon recovery funding for habitat projects and coordinates the work that supports the Chehalis Basin Salmon Habitat Restoration and Preservation Strategy. The Lead Entity supports implementation of the ASRP, advises and assists the Steering Committee, and serves as an interface between the ASRP and /project sponsors. Click here to view the Lead Entity’s website.

Conservation Districts from each county within the Chehalis Basin are actively involved in supporting implementation of the ASRP. Specifically, Lewis Conservation District, Thurston Conservation District and Grays Harbor Conservation District serve as the interface between the ASRP and landowners for the five early action reach restoration projects. Click the above links to view each respective Conservation District website.4