The Chehalis River Basin is at a turning point. Recent years have brought extreme and frequent flooding; a trend that may continue into the future. Healthy habitat for aquatic species is significantly degraded in the basin. This impacts wildlife and, if action is not taken, the current course could lead to Endangered Species Act listings […]Continue Reading ...
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology, in partnership with the Chehalis River Basin Land Trust was recently awarded $310,000 to permanently protect 175 acres of high quality coastal surge plain and six miles of sloughs at the head of Grays Harbor, in Grays Harbor County. The department was awarded $2.2 million in grant funding by the U.S. […]Continue Reading ...
CENTRAL PARK, Wash. – New Zealand mudsnails were recently discovered in the lower Chehalis River approximately 2.0 miles south of Central Park and approximately 2.5 miles east of Cosmopolis. This is the first discovery of New Zealand mudsnails in the Chehalis River Basin.
The invasive species was found at the Washington Department of Natural Resources Blue Slough Access area.
The NZMS were found in mud around a spring at the site. The New Zealand mudsnails were collected during low tide, the site is inundated with water at high tide. The site is tidally influenced and the water is brackish. The extent of introduction is unknown.
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The collectors also sampled at the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife boat ramp, just up steam of the Blue Slough site, adjacent to the SR107 bridge (about RM 13.2). No New Zealand mudsnails were found. The Chehalis River is brackish here as well.
MONTESANO, Wash. – The Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority voted yesterday to shift about $4 million from three other projects to fund the Mary’s River Lumber project on the Chehalis River in Montesano.It will help protect the sawmill, and the city’s wastewater treatment plan across from State Route 107 from eroding riverbanks.Flood Authority Chairwoman Vickie Raines proposes to move the money because pre-construction work has been done and the project is “shovel ready.”The move pulls funding from the Satsop, Mill Creek and Wiskhah Road projects for the time being, Raines said this morning that they will move forward on the design and permitting stage for Wishkah and Cosmopolis projects to get them to shovel ready status.Continue Reading ...
Montesano, WA –The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State of Washington invite you to attend your choice of open houses to learn about active programs that address flooding and related concerns throughout the Chehalis River Basin.
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, State of Washington, Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority, Chehalis Basin Partnership, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Geological Survey and National Weather Service.Continue Reading ...
Two bills aimed at providing funding for flood relief projects in the Chehalis River Basin and statewide were heard in the House Capital Budget Committee today. The bills are sponsored by Rep. Richard DeBolt, R-Chehalis, who also serves as the ranking Republican on the committee (pictured at right). “All of my focus this year is on providing this funding […]Continue Reading ...
MONTESANO, Wash. – Montesano Mayor Ken Estes released a big thank you to members of the Chehalis River Basin Flood Authority this week. He added that the city plans to stay involved until every member has a solution to flooding on the Chehalis River.
The Flood Authority earlier this week voted to shift funding from three other Grays Harbor County projects, in order to fully fund and complete the Mary’s River Lumber project in South Montesano. Estes said in his release that the city also plans to stick around for the duration of the process to create a basin wide approach to reduce flood damage when the Chehalis River swells.Other communities in Lewis, Thurston and Grays Harbor put the interests of Montesano at the head of the line now. We won’t forget. Our community is committed to stay involved until we have finished all of the needed local projects and found a basin wide solution to catastrophic flooding. – Estes
The following editorial was submitted by Montesano Mayor Ken Estes.
In Montesano we’re used to trying to solve our own problems. But year by year as the Chehalis River has eroded land and moved closer and closer to our wastewater treatment plant and Mary’s River lumber company we realized this problem was bigger than we could handle alone. Locally we worked hard to come up with a workable solution to stop the erosion and protect the infrastructure that supports our community. However, the project is cost is beyond the capacity of the city to fund. The Chehalis Basin Flood Authority supported our request for state funding. Our local legislators and both Governor Gregoire and now Governor Inslee, as well as the Chehalis Tribe, worked hard to see that the entire Chehalis basin funding package was adopted including the Montesano project.Continue Reading ...
MONTESANO, Wash. – The Grays Harbor County Commissioners have voted against adopting a resolution to form a Flood Control Zone District that would encompass the Chehalis River Basin Watershed. County Commissioner Herb Welch tells KBKW one of the biggest concerns was the formation of a potential taxing district “this resolution didn’t create taxes, it simply created a district that then down the line could create taxes.”Continue Reading ...
After nearly an hour of public comment at yesterday’s meeting, the Commissioners voted against the adoption, Welch said they plan to come back with more information on the Flood Control Zone District before proposing a formation again.
Action: A portion of the Chehalis River and its tributaries will be closed to ALL FISHING for the remainder of the winter season.
Effective dates: March 16, 2009 – April 30, 2009.
Species affected: Closed to fishing for ALL SPECIES upstream from Porter Bridge. Closed to fishing for ALL SPECIES – except white sturgeon – from the mouth of the river to Porter Bridge.
Location: Chehalis River (from mouth to high bridge on Weyerhaeuser 1000 line approximately 400 yards downstream of Roger Creek upstream including all forks and tributaries and the Chehalis River, South Fork from the mouth to Hwy bridge at Boistfort School) and its tributaries; Cloquallum Creek (from the mouth to Hwy. 8 Bridge to the 2nd bridge on Cloquallum Rd), Newaukum River (South, Middle and North Forks), Satsop River and East Fork (from the mouth to bridge at Schafer State Park), Skookumchuck River (from the mouth to 400′ below outlet of PP&L/WDFW steelhead rearing pond located at the base of Skookumchuck Dam), Wishkah River (from the mouth to 200′ below the weir at the Wishkah Rearing Ponds), and Wynoochee River (from the mouth to above mouth of Schafer Creek upstream).Continue Reading ...
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