The Nisqually River Council’s Mission is to create sustainability in the Nisqually Watershed for current and future generations by developing a common culture of environmental, social, and economic balance.
The Nisqually Watershed encompasses all lands which drain to the Nisqually River and includes the communities of Ashford, Elbe, Mineral, Eatonville, McKenna, Roy, Yelm, Fort Lewis, and portions of Graham, Lacey, DuPont, and Rainier.
Flowing 78 miles from its source at the Nisqually Glacier on Mount Rainier to its delta at the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, the Nisqually is a direct link between the summit snows of Washington’s highest peak and the marine waters of Puget Sound. It is a land greatly affected by human decisions and activities.
The Nisqually River Watershed is also land of wind and wildlife, glaciers and storms, towering firs and diminutive banana slugs. Though the Nisqually is one of the healthiest and least developed rivers in southern Puget Sound, it faces many challenges, threats, and opportunities, and an uncertain future.
We are working to protect and enhance this special region, and we invite you to join us!