Citizens Advisory Committee


CAC members tour the Nisqually Tribe's fish counter at the Centralia Diversion Dam during the April 2015 meeting.

CAC members tour the Nisqually Tribe’s fish counter at the Centralia Diversion Dam during the April 2015 meeting.

The CAC is a very special and exciting group of citizens who are dedicated to protecting the watershed. Members enjoy a marvelous opportunity meeting other citizens from all walks of life who share common interests in the environment and who provide an opportunity of membership in a select group dedicated to protecting the Nisqually resources throughout the River Basin. Our strong volunteer citizen element is the cornerstone to a successfully organized watershed, whereby citizen voices are heard through a process of respect, discussion at the table, and consensus on courses of action and responsibility. As a matter of protocol, we have a unique ability to interface with all the Nisqually River Council agency representatives at monthly meetings and to co-serve with Council Members as volunteers for various committees within the Council structure.

For more information on how to join, become a member, attend meetings or to learn more about our activities contact Morgan at 360.438.8715, or email info@nisquallyriver.org. Review past meeting agendas and minutes on our Resource page.

We invite you to join us in these great activities:

  • Salmon recovery projects
  • Water quality & water quantity planning
  • Stream habitat enhancement
  • Hiking and assessing the watershed
  • Public education & outreach
  • The Annual Nisqually Watershed Festival at the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge
  • Exploring the estuary and tributaries
  • Rafting with the Nisqually Land Trust
  • Monthly meetings

…while we work to protect this great place, “The Nisqually”.

The Role of the CAC in the original Nisqually River Management Plan was to provide for an active body of citizens within the watershed who work harmoniously with the River Council, who are substantially represented on the Council with three voting members. The CAC members meet independently monthly, and elect their own Chair and Vice-Chair, and plan their own Annual Agenda in concert with the objectives of the Nisqually River Council’s goals determined at the Annual July Retreat.

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Longtime CAC members Bob and Marjorie talk to residents about native pollinators at the Nisqually Watershed Festival

The CAC purpose is four fold:

  • To provide advice and information to the Nisqually River Council, (NRC), on topics requested by the Council.
  • To report on activities throughout the Watershed for the purposes of keeping the Council informed on citizen issues.
  • To request information, approvals, or actions from the Council in order to be an effective watershed steward group.
  • To assist the Council by participating and serving on various committees and units for Education, Natural Resources, Public Access, Salmon Recovery, Water Quality and Water Quantity Planning Unit, and on the Executive Committee.

To help the CAC stay up-to-date on community events, please check out the CAC Community Calendar. Click each event to get information on contacts, locations and RSVPs!