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).
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
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
Meeting Info Page
for more information.
some of the DRMT's achievements are highlighted in
previous Anniversary Newsletters:
Dungeness Railroad Bridge (River Mile 5.7)
DRMT 20-Year Anniversary Newsletter
DRMT 25-Year Anniversary Newsletter (2013)...