Nisqually Watershed Water Planning Unit


ESSB 6091 – Streamflow Restoration Act

In response to the 2018 Streamflow Restoration Act, the Nisqually Planning Unit is working to develop a plan addressing projected growth and mitigation strategies for permit-exempt domestic use wells in the Nisqually watershed (WRIA 11).

The Nisqually Indian Tribe is the lead agency for watershed planning in the Nisqually Watershed and has reconvened the Nisqually Planning Unit to respond the legislative mandate of the Streamflow Restoration Act (ESSB 6091) passed in 2018.

The Washington State Legislature mandated that the Nisqually Watershed Planning Unit and other units proceed quickly to develop a watershed plan amendment to develop strategies to mitigate impacts of future exempt wells on stream flows. The legislature, in passing the act, allocated $300 million in capital funds over the next 15 years for all watershed planning and watershed restoration and enhancement projects.

Planning Unit meeting schedule and materials are available here for members of the public. Contact info@nisquallyriver.org for more information.

Planning Unit Documents

Planning Guidance (Washington State Department of Ecology)

Citizens Advisory Committee Public Information Session: October 11, 2018, 6:00-8:00pm – Nisqually Indian Tribe Natural Resources (contact emily@nisquallyriver.org).

Nisqually Water Planning Unit 6091 Overview (one page)

Planning Unit Meeting Schedule

Planning Unit meetings are open to the public. For information, please contact emily@nisquallyriver.org.

June 28, 2018 – Nisqually Indian Tribe Natural Resources

Minutes

July 24, 2018 – Nisqually Indian Tribe Natural Resources

Agenda    Minutes

August 30, 2018 – Nisqually Indian Tribe Natural Resources

Agenda    Minutes

September 19, 2018 – Yelm Community Center

Agenda

October 17, 2018 – Thurston Public Utility District

Agenda TBD

November 14, 2018 – Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Agenda TBD

December 19, 2018 – Thurston Public Utility District

Agenda TBD

January 16, 2018 – Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge

Agenda TBD