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Kennedy-Goldsborough - WRIA 14a
Grants awarded through June 2010
During 2002 the Planning Unit completed a draft Phase 2 Level 1 assessment which identified and detailed what is known about water issues in the watershed. A key finding concluded that while much less than 1% of the total amount of available water is actually used, there are still serious availability problems throughout the watershed during the low-flow summer months.
Supplemental grant funds were awarded in 2003 and 2004 for water quality activities, a water storage study and instream flow assessments. The focus included identifying and prioritizing "data gaps" based on the Level 1 assessment, conducting a surface-groundwater interaction study, developing a water quality monitoring plan, and developing goals, objectives and an outline for the final plan.
The planning group completed a draft watershed plan in May 2006, but was unable to reach consensus. The Squaxin Island Tribe voted against plan approval
The 2008 Legislature passed a bill (SB 6204) that splits WRIA 14 into two separate areas for watershed planning purposes. WRIA 14(b) contains the portion of Kennedy – Goldsborough that drains into the southern portion of lower Hood Canal. The legislation directs that the WRIA 16 Planning group include WRIA 14(b) as a part of their planning and implementation efforts. The bill took effect June 12, 2008.
Instream flow status
Instream flows were set in 1984. (Chapter 173-514 WAC). Ecology does not plan to amend the existing rule.
Outside links, publications, studies, data
Please send additions or corrections to Chris Anderson, (360) 407-6634.
WRIA 14a Status
Lead agency contact
Contact Ecology Headquarters or regional Shorelands and
Environmental Assistance offices for additional information about
watershed planning in this basin.
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