THE DUNGENESS RIVER
MANAGEMENT TEAM (DRMT)
A partnership of individuals and stakeholders in the Dungeness Watershed who are working together to develop and
pursue implementation of locally based, long-term solutions to watershed management issues.
The original DRMT formed in 1988 to foster communication among diverse groups interested in flood management for the Dungeness River. This group helped the County produce its 1990 flood control management plan
(updated in 2009).
Over time, additional discussions and organizing by local residents occurred, surrounding topics such as floodplain and riparian development, logging practices, water quality, water conservation, preservation of agricultural lands, and related natural resources issues. The DRMT was restructured, with these additional priorities, following completion of the
Dungeness-Quilcene (DQ) Water Resources Plan (1994).
DQ planning was a locally driven and consensus-based process that helped set the stage for future successful coordination among members of the Team.
After the DRMT's re-activation in 1995, via a
joint resolution between Clallam County and the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe,
the Team 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 work in cooperative resolution of these watershed issues, and collaborating on projects to restore the watershed's health. 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 part of the Elwha Dungeness Water Resources Area 18 (WRIA 18) planning unit, promoting flow restoration and wise water use in the Dungeness watershed, one of 16 that are state-listed as critical for low flows.
The Team meets monthly to discuss relevant topics and current projects, listen to public concerns, and exchange ideas about protecting the watershed's resources. Members of the public are always invited to DRMT meetings, and your participation is greatly appreciated!
More information about DRMT meetings and current membership can be found at the Team's Meeting Info Page:
Dungeness Railroad Bridge (River Mile 5.7)
Meeting Info Page...
More information about the DRMT's history and accomplishments can be found in its 2008 20th Anniversary Newsletter:
DRMT 20th Anniversary Newsletter...
The DRMT's Operating Procedures, including DRMT goals can be found here:
DRMT Operating Procedures...