Thurston Waterways

Your Waterway

Your waterway can be a stream, river, wetland, drainage ditch, pond, lake, or marine shoreline. Waterways provides many valued benefits to you, your community, and your surrounding environment. Many local organizations, agencies, and landowners in Thurston County have made waterway health a priority. Still, many local waterways remain in need of conservation efforts. You can get involved in waterway conservation efforts to enhance, restore, and protect your waterway.

You can use Thurston Waterways to explore valuable information, organizations, and programs that provide guidance in protecting local waterways.

Learn about organizations offering waterway technical assistance.

Explore programs created to help you enhance and protect your waterway.


Find resources to help navigate waterway permits and regulations.


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Are you interested in enhancing the health of your waterway? Local, state, and national organizations offer programs and resources to help you be successful. Together, we can create healthy waterways.


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Explore waterway educational programs and resources available to you.


Thurston County Priority Map

Thurston County includes a range of mixed land use, including urban and residential areas, working forests, and rural and farm land. The many waterways within Thurston County serve as habitat for many important species including salmon. These waterways also serve as popular recreational areas where many residents’ fish, swim, and boat. It is important to keep these areas ecologically healthy for our community and for the many species that call it home.

The following defined subwatersheds are priority areas for waterway restoration in Thurston County based on lack of canopy cover, high stream temperatures, historical fish bearing data, and high flooding chances.  Each subwatershed lies within a Water Resource Inventory Area (WRIA), a geographical area within Washington State. Use the map below to learn about restoration priority areas and the active conservation work within each WRIA.

About Thurston Waterways

Thurston Waterways is a collaborative project created in partnership by the Sound Sound Salmon Enhancment Group, Thurston Conservation District, and Thurston County.

This project has been funded wholly or in part by the United States Environmental Protection Agency under assistance agreement 01J18101 to Thurston County. The contents of this website do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of the Environmental Protection Agency, nor does mention of trade names or commercial products constitute endorsement or recommendation for use.

Learn more about the partner organizations.

South Puget Sound Salmon Enhancement Group
Thurston Conservation District
Thurston County
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