Streamflow restoration planning

Local planning groups in fifteen watersheds, or Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIAs), developed new watershed plans or updated their existing plans to help offset groundwater withdrawal impacts on rivers and streams.

Planning is now complete in ten watersheds. We adopted nine watershed plans and one rule. Five watershed plans still need to be completed and are moving to the next phase. We will finalize these plans based on the local planning group’s work. We are developing a timeline for plan finalization and will provide an update this fall.

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In a nutshell

  1. Watershed plans are prepared, approved, and submitted by watershed planning groups.
  2. We review the approved watershed plans and determine whether they meet the minimum requirements of the law.
  3. We then adopt submitted watershed plans by the deadlines set by legislation or move into rulemaking. 

Track streamflow restoration planning

Learn about what happened in the 15 watersheds, also called water resource inventory areas (WRIAs).