Nisqually - WRIA 11
Grants awarded through June 2010
Pierce, Thurston, and Lewis counties adopted the Nisqually Watershed Plan in April 2004. The Nisqually Tribe was the lead agency and this was the first watershed plan adopted in the state. The Planning group began Phase 4 Implementation in November 2005. Key recommendations of the plan include sub-basin processing of water right applications, ongoing instream flow work in the Mashel basin and additional efforts in water conservation, reuse, and reclamation. A final Detailed Implementation Plan was completed in April 2007.
Instream flow status
Instream flows were set in 1981 (Chapter 173-511 WAC).
The planning group recommended maintaining existing closures, unless new technical information suggests otherwise. They also recommended retaining instream flow levels in the Nisqually River, but doing more work on the Mashel River to improve stream flows and to address water supply needs for the town of Eatonville.
In 2005, Ecology completed instream flow incremental methodology (IFIM) studies for Mashel River, which included:
Outside links, publications, studies, data
Please send additions or corrections to Chris Anderson, (360) 407-6634.
WRIA 11 Status
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