Local Issues, Participation & Solutions
In 1998 the Washington State legislature passed ESHB 2514, or the Watershed Planning Act. The act provides a framework for developing local solutions to watershed issues on a watershed by watershed basis. It also enables funding and support for local communities to develop management plans for each Water Resource Inventory Area, or WRIA, in the state.
Watershed plans are developed by planning units that consist of government entities, tribes, farmers, business owners, private citizens and other stakeholders. Planning units are required to address water quantity issues in a watershed plan, but may also opt to address water quality, instream flow, and habitat issues as well.
The Cascadia Conservation District is proud to be the Lead Agency for the Entiat, or WRIA 46, watershed planning effort.