Water Resource Inventory Area 24

The WRIA 24 group meets the first Tuesday of every month from 6-8pm. The next meeting is July 24th, 2018 from 5-7 pm at the Pacific Conservation District Office, 904 W. Robert Bush Drive in South Bend, WA.

Pacific County residents are committed to maintaining healthy fish populations while meeting landowner goals and sustaining local economies for the citizens of Water Resource Inventory Area 24 (WRIA 24). The Pacific County WRIA 24 Lead Entity (LE) is under contract with the State of Washington to act as the LE for the Willapa Bay. The LE for WRIA 24 was formed under the Salmon Recovery Funding Board (SRFB) in 1999 with the Pacific County Commissioners as official LE.

Three key groups are responsible for the annual prioritization and recommendation of salmon recovery projects within WRIA 24.

  1. The Citizens Committee (CC) – acts as advisory to the county commissioners. This committee is made up of representatives from counties, cities, the Pacific Conservation District (PCD), Native American tribes, environmental groups, business interests such as ports, landowners, citizens, volunteer groups, aquaculture, agriculture, regional fish enhancement groups and other habitat interests. Healthy salmon runs are tied to water quality and natural resource issues in many ways, the CC is charged with making sure that projects funded by SRFB dollars and/or other sources fulfill these objectives.
  1. The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) – is the scientific group that advises the CC regarding projects submitted for funding.
  1. The PCD – serves as facilitator for the LE. The TAG and CC score and rank projects presented on an annual basis for possible funding through facilitation by the PCD.

The WRIA 24 currently holds vacancies in:

Environmental Groups, Landowner (Private Landowner), Chairman Livestock Operation (Private Landowner), Tribal Interest, Volunteer Group and County representatives.

If you would like to join the committee or would like more information regarding this group please contact the WRIA 24 LE Coordinator Tom Kollasch at tkollasch@willapabay.org