Grays-Elochoman & Cowlitz (WRIA 25/26)
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Grant funds expended and/or projected through June 2015
Wahkiakum, Lewis, Cowlitz, and Skamania counties unanimously adopted the Watershed Plan in July 2006. Plan adoption came after a county remand process and changes to the plan by the planning group.
Work under Phase 4 is well underway, as the planning unit implements the action items identified in their Detailed Implementation Plan (DIP). The DIP was approved in June 2008.
Ecology awarded Lewis County an Operating grant for a feasibility study on a potential regional water supply from the lower main stem Cowlitz River, which may serve the Vader-Toledo-Winlock area. This project is moving forward, although with reduced funding. The planning group was also awarded a $50K grant for further development of an innovative mitigation strategy for new water rights, which they are undertaking in conjunction with the Lewis/Salmon-Washougal planning group.
Additional information about the Grays-Elochoman and Cowlitz watershed plan can be found on the plan website: Lower Columbia Fish Recovery Board, Watershed Management Plans
Rulemaking on hold for Grays-Elochoman, Cowlitz water rulesRulemaking efforts towards water management rules for Water Resources Inventory Areas (WRIAs) 25 and 26 in southwest Washington were stopped in mid-2010. This was due primarily to two factors:
Ecology and Washington Dept. of Fish & Wildlife staff continue to work with the WRIA 25 and 26 planning units as they revise plan recommendations regarding closing certain streams to new uses and other water management issues. For more information see:
Outside links, publications, studies, data
Please send additions or corrections to Chris Anderson, (360) 407-6634.
WRIA 25 and 26 Status
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