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 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.

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)    
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 and the Meeting Info Page for more information.

DRMT anniversary milestones!
DRMT 20-Year Anniversary Newsletter (2008)...
DRMT 25-Year Anniversary Newsletter (2013)...
DRMT 30-Year Anniversary Newsletter (2018)...




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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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