THE DUNGENESS RIVER
MANAGEMENT TEAM (DRMT)
A partnership of individuals and stakeholders working together to develop and
pursue implementation of locally based, long-term solutions to
Dungeness Watershed management issues.
The DRMT originally formed in 1988 to foster communication among diverse groups
on the topic of flood management for the Dungeness River. This
non-regulatory group helped
Clallam County produce its 1990 flood management plan
(updated in 2009).
Discussions evolved over time, incorporating concerns about
floodplain and riparian development, logging practices,
water quality, water conservation, preservation of
agricultural lands, fish and wildlife habitat, and other
natural resources issues. The cooperation around the
table eventually resulted in a
Dungeness-Quilcene Water Resources Plan
in 1994, followed by a restructuring of the DRMT around the
additional priorities laid
out in that Plan. "DQ-planning" was a locally driven, consensus-based process that
resulted in recommended restoration actions for Dungeness and
Quilcene watersheds and helped set the stage for future successful coordination among
After re-activating in 1995 via a
joint resolution between Clallam County and the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe,
the DRMT pursued implementation of earlier plans, encouraged substantive watershed and river restoration activities, and worked on strategies to address competing interests affecting water supplies, in-stream flows, water quality, stream habitat and salmon recovery.
The DRMT has been nationally recognized for its cooperative resolution of watershed
problems, and collaborating on projects to restore the
health of the Dungeness. The Team continues these efforts today and functions as an important, ongoing forum for communication, coordination and information-sharing about critical watershed issues. The DRMT also serves as
the East Water Resources Area 18 (East WRIA 18) planning unit, promoting flow restoration and wise water use in the Dungeness watershed, one of 16
basins state-listed as critical for low flows.
The Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe's video
below about landowner and DRMT
partnerships shares member perspectives about the group's history, and
links at the bottom of the page highlight milestones
after 20, 25 and 30 year anniversaries! Indeed, it
has been a Team Effort!
"Working for the River: Restoring the Dungeness"
(2013, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe)
Dungeness Railroad Bridge (River Mile 5.7)
Original version (~15 minutes):
Shorter version (~7 minutes):
The DRMT still
holds monthly open public meetings to discuss watershed issues and projects, listen to public concerns, and
exchange ideas about watershed needs.
Please see the
DRMT Operating Procedures
Meeting Info Page
for more information.
DRMT anniversary milestones!
DRMT 20-Year Anniversary Newsletter
DRMT 25-Year Anniversary Newsletter (2013)...
DRMT 30-Year Anniversary Newsletter (2018)...