Deschutes River Watershed
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"The Deschutes River is one of the largest streams in Thurston County, flowing over 57 miles from its forested headwaters to Puget Sound. The watershed that drains into the river includes a variety of land uses, including timber and agricultural lands, as well as developed areas within the cities of Olympia and Tumwater. While the Deschutes River currently supports a variety of wildlife habitat and recreational uses, it also suffers from ongoing pollution concerns. The river is listed under the federal Clean Water Act for dissolved oxygen, fecal coliform, temperature, pH, and fine sediment, and is the subject of a state-coordinated cleanup plan. Nutrient levels in the Deschutes contribute to pollution issues in Capitol Lake (which is the Deschutes Estuary), and it is considered a major contributor to low dissolved oxygen levels in Budd Inlet. Anticipated future development in the watershed could exacerbate water quality issues." - Thurston County, 2017 (with parentheses added)
- Thurston County has prepared a Deschutes Watershed Land Use Analysis
- That work has resulted in a current conditions and development scenarios report and maps set
- WRIA 13 completed a watershed plan between 1999 to 2004 that was never ratified with materials archived by Thurston County.
- Thurston County completed a land use study of the Deschutes watershed and approved findings in 2016 and created a document archive
- Ecology completed a watershed streamflow restoration study in response to the Hirst Decision
- SPSSEG has initiated work on high value spawning areas in the upper watershed.
- They published a story map.
- WRIA 13 Salmon Recovery Lead Entity is now housed at Thurston Regional Planning Council.
- 2021 - Publication of draft watershed plan for SRFB review in response to the Hirst Decision
- 2016 - County commissioners approve a land use study.
- 2015 - Squaxin Island Tribe drafts coho recovery strategy for the watershed.
- 1999 - Beginning of watershed planning