Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA) 14 Citizen Committee
What is WRIA 14?
The Kennedy-Goldsborough Basin (WRIA 14) covers about 381 square miles of southwest Puget Sound. The area is drained by 139 independent streams; no major river system is present in this watershed. Streams are generally lowland types with headwaters originating from springs, surface water drainage, wetlands, beaver ponds, or small lakes.
What is a WRIA Citizen Committee and how can I get involved?
In the late 1990s, several salmon species were listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. In response, the Washington Legislature founded the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) and the Lead Entity (LE) process to ensure local expertise and interests help guide decisions to protect and restore salmon habitat. Legislation enacted in 1998 recognizes that salmon recovery does not come from state scientists or politicians, but rather the local community and local experts working together to understand the needs of the fish. It also recognizes that local perspectives coupled with a review at the state level ensures a coordinated approach that promotes the best projects, from scientific, technical and community perspectives.
On an annual basis, the committee makes recommendations to the Salmon Recovery Funding Board on habitat projects in WRIA 14 that would help achieve salmon recovery in the area. See below for meeting and contact information to become involved.
UPCOMING MEETING INFORMATION
Meetings are typically scheduled for the third Thursday of each month at Mason Conservation District, 450 Business Park Rd., Shelton WA 98584. Due to the Governor’s Executive Order and the COVID-19 situation, Mason CD offices are closed to the public and Lead Entity Committee meetings are being held remotely on virtual meeting software and/or phone conferencing.
See below for the posted agenda for the next upcoming meeting, and Meeting Materials for records of meetings past:
To receive information on this specific meeting, sign-up for the mailing list, offer public comment at meetings, or receive up-to-date information regarding specific meetings, please contact the Lead Entity Coordinator:
Shoreline & Lead Entity Coordinator (WRIA)
360-427-9436 x 130
Kennedy-Goldsborough Basin (WRIA 14)
Salmon Recovery Lead Entity