The Chehalis Basin Strategy has two overarching goals: Reduce flood-related damages while restoring aquatic species habitat in the state's second largest river system.
The roots of the strategy go back several years. Under the Governor’s direction in 2014, a specially-convened Chehalis Basin Work Group
recommended a path forward to:
- Reduce flood damages and restore aquatic species habitat in the near-term.
- Consider long-term, large-scale strategies to reduce flood damage while improving aquatic habitat.
As a non-voting member, we helped develop and review technical studies to support decisions. Most importantly, the work group helped form the Chehalis Basin Strategy. In December 2016, the work group:
- Recommended a 2017-19 work plan and budget.
- Advocated funding important near-term early action projects to improve habitat and reduce flood damage in the basin.