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Watershed Management

Photograph of the Spokane River, Feb. 1996, by Doug Allen

2015-2017 Ecology Budget Request

Ecology’s 2015-17 Budget Request - Operating - Governor Inslee's Operating Budget Proposal for 2015-17 includes the following:

“11. Eliminate Watershed Planning Program. Ecology's Watershed Planning Technical and Financial Assistance Program provides assistance to local watershed groups to develop plans and address watershed issues.  Over 30 watersheds have adopted plans since the program's inception in 1997.  State general funds provided for this work are permanently eliminated.  The four remaining planning units eligible for implementation grants during the 2015-17 biennium will not receive funding (located in the Wind, Chelan, Lower Lake Roosevelt and Lower Spokane watersheds), and implementation projects will no longer be funded through this program. (GF-S)”

Development and Implementation of Watershed Plans

The Watershed Planning Act was established by the Legislature in 1997 through adoption of RCW 90.82.  This new planning framework was part of an integrated approach to managing water resources in Washington.  Watershed Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) planning units meeting the Act’s requirements were authorized to apply for funding assistance for planning and implementing watershed plans.  The 1998 legislature passed Ch. 90.82 RCW, to set a framework for developing local solutions to watershed issues on a watershed basis.

A total of 44 planning units initiated Watershed Plan development with State funding between 1998 and 2012.  Watershed plans were adopted by 33 planning groups.  Most of these groups continue to implement priority actions from their Watershed Plans.  See top map on right for more information on the individual planning areas, including links to the implementing entities.

Watershed Grant Information

2015-17 Grant Awards

Ecology has awarded grants for 12 projects that will improve water supplies, stream flow and instream habitat conditions around the state. For more information:

2013-15 Grant Awards

Details on 2013-2015 Capital and Operating budget watershed grants, including contacts for additional information, are at this link:

Healthy Watersheds, Healthy People

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Information By Watershed (WRIA)

Watershed Plan Development and Adoption Status Map - September 2012

Ecology Watershed Leads Contact List

List of names and phone numbers for Watershed lead staff

Regional Water Supply Planning

Reports to the Legislature