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Chehalis Basin Salmon Restoration and Preservation Strategy

The ultimate goal of the Chehalis Lead Entity is to help implement on-the-ground, community supported, salmon recovery projects in the Chehalis watershed. We do this by developing, planning and prioritizing salmon restoration and preservation projects that follow the guidance of the Chehalis Basin Strategy.

Lead Entity Strategy
Citation: "Grays Harbor County Lead Entity Habitat Work Group (2011). The Chehalis Basin Salmon Habitat Restoration and Preservation Strategy for WRIA 22 and 23. Grays Harbor County. 100 W Broadway, Montesano, WA 98563."
Lead Entity Strategy - 2021 Updates
The Lead Entity's approach to salmon habitat preservation has only been improving since 2011, and there is new science and resources, too. This documents includes Strategy chapters updated since 2011.

Sub-Watershed Management Unit Documents

Each subwatershed in the Chehalis has different characteristics, and therefore different needs for recovering priority salmon stocks. These documents provide details on each sub-basin that will help Sponsors develop their project, and teach local residents about priorities for salmon recovery in their local stream.

Chehalis Lead Entity Conceptual Project Form

Do you have a salmon recovery project idea, but don’t have all the details worked out yet? Fill out our form and submit it to the Chehalis Lead Entity and we’ll help you get this project ready for implementation.

2017 Conceptual Project Form
Use this form to fill out basic details about the type of project you would like to do. Send the form back to the Lead Entity Coordinator.

SRFB Grants – Materials for Sponsors

Guidance Documents

Manual 18
All the information you will need to prepare your application. Attachments can be downloaded individually at: http://www.rco.wa.gov/doc_pages/ app_materials.shtml#salmon
2020 SRFB Grant Schedule
Includes deadlines for draft and final versions of your Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) proposal. Dates and information are also available on this website's Calendar.
Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines
Comprehensive document that includes guidelines for developing stream habitat restoration projects. Large file size, so download online: http://wdfw.wa.gov/publications/01374/wdfw01374.pdf
DNR Aquatic Lands
Map of aquatic lands for assistance in determining which permits are needed.
Chehalis Lead Entity Project Scoring Reference Sheet
The Local Review Team uses this guide when ranking your project. This document should provide guidance on what makes for a high ranking project.

Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP) Grants - Materials for Sponsors

Stay tuned for a future Call for Proposals – Due November 2020.

Call for Proposals: Habitat Protection and Restoration Projects
Frequently Asked Questions

Culvert Assessments

Undersized and perched culverts are a major barrier to salmon migration in the Chehalis Watershed. A number of different agencies have inventoried and identified the culverts in the watershed. These culvert assessments, available below, give details on the culverts’ location and condition.

Centralia and Chehalis Area
Lewis County Conservation District
Upper Chehalis
Lewis County Conservation District
Independence & Garrard Creek
Lewis County Conservation District
Mason Conservation District
Lincoln and Scammon Creek
Lewis County Conservation District
Mason Conservation District
Middle Chehalis
Lewis County Conservation District
Mason Conservation District
Lewis County Conservation District
Wilson Creek
Mason Conservation District
Lewis County Conservation District
Mason Conservation District
South Fork Chehalis
Lewis County Conservation District
Mason Conservation District
Stearns Creek
Fish Passage Inventory in portion of WRIA 22 in Grays Harbor County
Mason Conservation District

Water Type Assessments

Water Type Assessments and Interactive Maps View Assessments & Maps

Organizational Documents

The Chehalis Basin Lead Entity Bylaws were updated on Sept 11, 2015.

Studies Done in the Chehalis Basin

Grays Harbor Juvenile Salmon/Fish Use Assessment. Wild Fish Conservancy. Link to Study Website

Grays Harbor Juvenile Fish Use
The data synthesized here can provide citizens and local, state and federal scientists and managers with a method to identify and prioritize habitat acquisition, restoration, and conservation projects within the Grays Harbor Estuary.
Olympic Mudminnow
These two scientific publications provide information about this endemic fish species, its habitat use, and conservation challenges.

Washington Coast Strategy

The Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Plan outlines a way to achieve the vision of: All watersheds in the Washington Coast Region containing healthy, diverse and self-sustaining populations of salmon maintained by healthy habitats and ecosystems which also support the ecological, cultural, social and economic needs of human communities. See also: Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Partnership

Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Plan

Habitat Work Group Minutes