Watershed Planning

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Map showing the status of watershed-scale stream flow planning in 2021, as prompted by the Streamflow Restoration Law of 2018

This master topic considers the requirements, history, funding sources, and social-political drivers of watershed planning. This includes a variety of efforts and programs over the years to better define how human settlement is organized in the landscape--what is protected and what is permitted to be damaged. Some elements of watershed planning may occur within a Jurisdiction where work is completed by Local Governments as required under state laws, such as the Growth Management Act and the Shoreline Management Act. However this page is concerned with efforts that plan in ecological systems using natural boundaries, like those organized within Watershed Resource Inventory Areas, that cross jurisdictional lines. Salmon Recovery planning has been an important nexus for watershed planning. However the state Watershed Planning Act of 1997 precedes the listing of Chinook Salmon in Puget Sound, and The Hirst Decision and Streamflow Restoration resulting in the Streamflow Restoration Law of 2018 has become a driver in renewed local planning at the WRIA scale. These authorities generally place watershed planning activity within the Washington State Department of Ecology in alignment with interrelated authorities concerning Water Supply and Water Quality. These activities are often supported by Environmental Protection Agency with the National Estuary Program providing significant federal resources. This topic organizes links to describe the range of watershed planning efforts in Washington State, focused on watershed units, and outside of Salmon Recovery

General Notes

Regional Resource Development

Significant Planning Efforts

The following four planning efforts describe large scale strategy development that informs funding decisions. Strategies