Water Resources

Jefferson County is an active participant in local watershed planning for the stewardship of our natural resources. There are 4 Water Resource Inventory Areas (WRIA) with a major portion within Jefferson County, and 3 in which we take an active role:
  • WRIA 16 - Skokomish/Dosewallips
  • WRIA 17 - Quilcene/Snow
  • WRIA 20 - Soleduck/Hoh
  • WRIA 21 - Queets/Quinault (No planning activities at this time)


East Jefferson Watershed Council (formerly the WRIA 17 Planning Unit) is a group of non-governmental and governmental organizations that have come together to create and agree to solutions on water related issues on the northeast Olympic Peninsula. This effort has its basis in the Watershed Management Act passed as ESHB 2514 by the Legislature in 1998, (now called the "Watershed Planning Act" - Chapter 90.82 Revised Code of Washington) which provided a framework for local citizens, interest groups, and government organizations to collaboratively identify and solve water-related issues in each of the 62 WRIAs of the state.

East Jefferson Watershed Council (EJWC) addresses water quantity, water quality and habitat in its watershed management plan and detailed implementation plan. Both of these plans can be found in the reports section of the EJWC website. The Council does not, however, have any legislative or rule making power as a group.
  • EJWC (WRIA 17) Website
  • WRIA 16 Website
  • WRIA 20 Website

Department of Ecology (Doe) Wria 17 Instream Flow Rule

The Department of Ecology adopted a Water Management Rule (an Instream Flow Rule) for WRIA 17 on January 19, 2010. This rule will affect future uses of water, including permit exempt wells in portions of Jefferson County.

Hood Canal

View the WRIA 16/14b Hood Canal educational piece, "Under the Hood" Publication (PDF).


Please send comments via email Tami Pokorny or by calling 360-379-4498.
thumbnail image of the Under the Hood publication