"Water links us to our neighbor in a way more profound and complex than any other."
- John Thorson
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.
Our staff is also actively involved with the Wenatchee, or WRIA 45, and Stemilt-Squilchuck, or WRIA 40A, watershed planning efforts, led by the ChelanCounty Natural Resource DepartmentFor more information about the Entiat Watershed Planning Unit, its origins, and ongoing activities click on the watershed title to the right.
Watch the Bureau of Reclamation's "When the Levee Breaks" video here!