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).  Over time, discussions incorporated concerns about floodplain and riparian development, logging practices, water quality, water conservation, preservation of agricultural lands, and other natural resources issues.  These deliberations led to the developement of the Dungeness-Quilcene Water Resources Plan in 1994, and the 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 DRMT members.

Dungeness Railroad Bridge (River Mile 5.7)

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.

In December 2013, the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe produced a video about landowner and DRMT efforts to help restore the Dungeness Watershed.  Take a look and let us know what you think!

Original version (~15 minutes):






Shorter version (~7 minutes):






The DRMT meets monthly for open discussion on watershed issues and projects, to listen to public concerns, and to exchange ideas about protecting our natural resources.  DRMT meetings are open to the public, and your input is welcome!  Please see the DRMT Operating Procedures and the Meeting Info Page for more information.

Additionally, some of the DRMT's achievements are highlighted in previous Anniversary Newsletters:
DRMT 20-Year Anniversary Newsletter (2008)...
DRMT 25-Year Anniversary Newsletter (2013)...


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"To preserve and enhance the Dungeness River Watershed Planning Area through an ecosystem approach to restoring its physical and biological health."

  • The Dungeness Watershed is located on the North Olympic Peninsula of Washington State.

    The DRMT's geographic focus area includes both the Dungeness Watershed, and the adjacent Sequim Bay Watershed to the east.

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