Spirit Lake/Toutle-Cowlitz Rivers Collaborative, April 2021 – Present
Representatives of the U.S. congressional delegation, Cowlitz Tribe, and state and federal agencies expressed support for a collaborative approach to long-term sediment management and related issues. The watershed-wide consortium is intended to benefit current and long-term planning efforts to address sediment and land management, public safety, and other important issues.
As initially envisioned, the goals for meetings in 2021-2022 include:
- Identify parties’ interest in, and willingness to commit to, a long-term collaborative.
- Identify common interests and desired outcomes for:
- Important issues, challenges, and opportunities for involved parties.
- Discussions related to ongoing efforts, information needs, and potential partnerships.
And, if support emerges for key parties to commit to a system-level, long-term collaborative:
- Define purposes and goals.
- Develop timelines and benchmarks.
- Identify necessary short-term funding and staffing.
- Draft basic operating structures, preliminary commitments from involved parties, and funding options.
Meeting Materials & Schedule
See below for past meeting materials and upcoming meeting dates through the end of the calendar year. All meetings will be held online until January of 2022, when they will likely be held in-person in Kelso, WA.
If you are interested in the work of the Collaborative and would like to observe a meeting, please contact the project coordinator, Kara Whitman at firstname.lastname@example.org.