Watershed Characterization Examples

These examples demonstrate various applications of watershed characterization in land use planning. The most current methods are listed first, and earliest versions listed last.

Multi-Scale Characterization

Upper Chehalis Basin

South Lewis County

Clark County

Birch Bay

  • Presentation on A Watershed Based Management Plan for Birch Bay, April 2009 (PDF, 3.2MB)
  • Birch Bay Characterization and Watershed Planning Pilot Study, October 2007 (PDF, 8.9MB)
    The Birch Bay study was a collaborative effort by local, state, and federal agencies to create a comprehensive set of watershed management recommendations using integrated watershed characterization tools. The primary participants in the study were the Whatcom County Planning and Development Services Department, EPA, Ecology, WDFW, and the Partnership. The Birch Bay study provides preliminary recommendations for land use planning and resource management that will maintain—or preferably improve—the quality and condition of local wetland, stream, nearshore, and terrestrial resources in the Birch Bay watershed.


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