Grays Harbor Lead Entity

WRIAs 22 and 23 comprise the Lower and Upper Chehalis Basin Watershed and taken together is the second largest in Washington, second only to the Columbia River Basin. It covers 2,660 square miles and includes 1,391 streams with 3,353 linear stream miles. 

The basin’s boundaries are the Pacific Ocean on the west, the Deschutes River basin on the east, the Olympic mountains on the north, and in the south the Willapa Hills and Cowlitz River Basin.

Goals for Habitat Restoration

The purpose of the Chehalis Basin Plan for Habitat Restoration is to develop habitat project lists and establish priorities for individual actions in Water Resource
Inventory Areas (WRIAs) 22 and 23 that increase the ability of habitat to fully sustain healthy populations of salmon.

There are three goals guiding this Plan in accomplishing this task. These are to:

1. Contribute to the biological diversity of salmon stocks within the State of Washington;
2. Concentrate efforts on those subbasins within WRIAs 22 & 23 that have the greatest quantity of fish habitat; and
3. Identify and rank general preservation, restoration, and data gap actions within subbasins that lead to the overall goal.

Strategies for Habitat Restoration

The path for making the three goals happen in this Plan lies with its strategies. The Plan relies on a two-part strategy to guide the development of future
habitat project lists.
The first strategy compares all 34 subbasins in the WRIAs with one another to reveal their relative capacity for meeting Goals 1 and 2. The result of this
comparative effort, based upon a set of objective criteria, is a list of high, medium, and low priority subbasins. The practical outcome of this list reveals which subbasins
in the WRIAs will give the “biggest bang for the buck” for habitat restoration in accordance with the Plan goals.

Grays Harbor Lead Entity

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Grays Harbor Sponsors

These are the people – governments, conservation districts, Regional Fisheries Enhancement Groups, non-profits, and others – who get out there and get the work done. These are the real heroes of salmon recovery.

Grays Harbor County

Capitol Land Trust

Cascade Land Conservancy

Chehalis River Basin Land Trust

Wild Fish Conservancy

City of Centralia

City of McCleary

City of Hoquiam

Heernett Environmental Foundation

Chehalis Basin Fisheries Task Force

Columbia Pacific RC&EDD

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation

Grays Harbor County

Lewis Conservation District

Lewis County Public Works

Mason Conservation District

Mason County Public Works

The Nature Conservancy

Thurston Conservation District

Thurston County Roads/Transportation

WA Department of Fish & Wildlife