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Elwha-Dungeness - WRIA 18

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Grant funds expended and/or projected through June 2015



Clallam County adopted the Elwha-Dungeness Watershed Plan in June 2005. Recommendations in the plan address many water needs, among them public water supplies, water conservation and efficiency, protection of existing water rights, and development of an instream flow and water management rule by Ecology. The water management rule is one of many steps in implementing strategies of the watershed plan and working toward other water resource-related objectives. A memorandum of understanding with Clallam County is an expected outcome of the rule-related discussions.

The approved watershed plan includes instream flow recommendations for the Dungeness River and lower tributaries, the Elwha River and lower tributaries, and independent streams. In conjunction with the instream flow recommendations the Dungeness River Management Team recommended addressing future domestic needs in the Dungeness basin while protecting and continuing to restore Dungeness River flows. The Elwha Morse Management Team discussions were less detailed but recognized potential problems with water availability and ground water development in the western portion of the Elwha-Dungeness WRIA.

Status of Phase 4 Watershed Planning

Initiation of the Phase 4 detailed implementation plan has been delayed during rule development, but will begin in 2010.

Instream flow Rule

On November 16, 2012 Washington Department of Ecology Director Ted Sturdevant signed a new water management rule for the Dungeness watershed that secures water supplies for current and future uses in the Sequim area for the benefit of people, community development, agriculture and fish.  The rule went into effect January 02, 2013.


Outside links, publications, studies, data

Please send additions or corrections to Chris Anderson, (360) 407-6634.


Dungeness River from Hwy 101




Plan Website - Clallam County, Watershed Planning, Elwha-Dungeness Watershed Plan

WRIA 18 Status

  • Optional elements: water quality, habitat, instream flows.