WRIA 49 Watershed Plannng Unit




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Okanogan County Board of County Commissioners, acting in coordination with the initiating governments for water resource inventory area #49 (Okanogan), is soliciting applications from interested people to serve on the WRIA 49 planning unit.  The planning unit is charged with crafting revisions to the WRIA 49 watershed plan adopted in 2009 to bring it into compliance with the requirements of ESSB 6091 adopted in January, 2019.  The deadline for completing the revisions is February, 2021.  The work schedule will include at least 1 and possibly 2 meetings per month.

The revisions to the watershed plan must include recommendations for projects and actions that will:

     A. Measure, protect and enhance instream resources

     B. Improve watershed functions that support the recovery of threatened      

          and endangered salmonids

 The planning unit members will be appointed by the initiating governments after recommendation from Okanogan County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC).  The BOCC will select members with interest and experience in each of the following areas.

 1) 3 Senior Water Right Holders, north, central, and south regions

2) 1 Environmental Organization(s)

3) 3 Landowners, non-water right holders, north, central, south regions

4) 1 Private Timber Interests  

These members will serve with others selected by the agency or organization they represent. The planning unit will consist of 34 members.

 Applications may be submitted to Rocky Robbins, Administrative Assistant, at 123 5th Ave N suite 130, Okanogan, WA 98840 or at rking@co.okanogan.wa.us  The BOCC will begin the review of applications on August 27, 2018.

Information regarding this process can be obtained from: Okanogan County Office of Planning and Development, Perry Huston, Director of Planning, 123 5th Avenue North, Suite 130 Okanogan, WA 98840 (509)422-7218 or phuston@co.okanogan.wa.us .


WRIA 49 Application

WRIA 49 Planning Unit Membership List

ESSB 6091 Section 202

ESSB 6091 Presentation