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.” Download Lead Entity Strategy here
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 replacements for Strategy chapters updated since 2011:
Section 4; Section 9; Section 10
Download Updates Here.
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.
2021 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. Conceptual Project Form CBLE 2021
Aquatic Species Restoration Plan
The Aquatic Species Restoration Plan (ASRP), a part of the Chehalis Basin Strategy, is a comprehensive strategy for restoring aquatic species habitat in the Chehalis Basin - for fish, amphibians, and other aquatic dependent species. Click here to read more about the ASRP on the Chehalis Strategy website (http://chehalisbasinstrategy.com/asrp/).
Funding was available in 2020 to support restoration, protection, and project development proposals that further the goals in the ASRP.
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 Report Map
Upper Chehalis Lewis County Conservation District Report Map
Independence & Garrard Creek Lewis County Conservation District Report Map
Hoquiam Mason Conservation District Report
Lincoln and Scammon Creek Lewis County Conservation District Report Map
Humtuplips Mason Conservation District Report
Middle Chehalis Lewis County Conservation District Report Map
Satsop Mason Conservation District Report
Newaukum Lewis County Conservation District Report Map
Wilson Creek Mason Conservation District Report
Skookumchuck Lewis County Conservation District Report Map
Wishkah Mason Conservation District Report
South Fork Chehalis Lewis County Conservation District Report Map
Wynoochee Mason Conservation District Report
Stearns Creek Map
Fish Passage Inventory in portion of WRIA 22 in Grays Harbor County Mason Conservation District Report
Water Type Assessments
Water Type Assessments and Interactive Maps
Studies Done in the Chehalis Basin
Beaver Dam Analog Site selection tool. Check out this new tool for locating good places to put BDAs in the Chehalis here.
Summer Distribution of Salmonids in the South Fork Newaukum Research by WDFW. Link to report.
Grays Harbor Juvenile Fish Use Link to Study Website 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. 2015 Grays Harbor Estuary Conservation Plan
Olympic Mudminnow These two scientific publications provide information about this endemic fish species, its habitat use, and conservation challenges. Kuehne & Olden 2016 Kuehne & Olden 2014
Grays Harbor College Summer Research Projects. These research projects were completed by Grays Harbor College students under the mentorship of a professor or outside researcher. Each project relates to the health of the Chehalis River or its tributaries. Read more here
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Research. These studies were completed with funds from the Chehalis Strategy between 2013 and 2018. Many of the research projects are currently ongoing. Access the reports here.
Washington Coast Strategy
The Chehalis River drains to the Pacific Ocean, and has much in common with other watersheds along Washington's Coast. The Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Plan addresses salmon recovery for all of these watersheds.
The Washington Coast Sustainable Salmon Plan’s vision is: “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.” This plan was developed by the Coast Salmon Partnership. Download Plan
Bylaws. The Chehalis Basin Lead Entity Bylaws were updated on December 4, 2017.
Habitat Work Group Minutes
These online maps provide valuable data in an interactive format. The most up-to-date maps for the Chehalis Basin are available here.