The Puyallup River Watershed Council (PRWC) works to restore, protect and enhance the environmental, economic, and cultural health of our watershed, from Mount Rainier to Commencement Bay. We are citizens and representatives of businesses, governments, and other groups working together to achieve clean water, healthy habitats, and thriving communities. The geographic area we serve is the boundaries of the WRIA 10 Puyallup-White River Watershed, which includes over 1000 square miles of Pierce and King Counties. The PRWC was formed in 1996 and incorporated as an IRS 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in 2012 when we merged with the Puyallup Watershed Foundation.
Our Puyallup Watershed Assessment report (2014) identifies four main areas where we strive to promote policies, projects and funding that support:
Improving Water Quality
Protecting Salmon Strongholds
Protection and Management of Natural & Resource Lands.
To achieve these goals, in 2017 we began increasing collaboration in the watershed across jurisdictions and communities by hosting a pilot Local Integrating Organization (LIO) committee to develop local priorities and Near Term Actions. After review of the pilot period, in May 2018 the board of directors made the decision to seek formal recognition to become the official LIO from the Puget Sound Partnership, and we are in the process of seeking recognition this fall. In 2019, we will be developing an Ecosystem Recovery Plan for the Puyallup-White River Watershed. This will be an opportunity to engage communities and jurisdictions across the watershed in working together to develop priorities and a plan for recovering the watershed. The public is invited to participate in this process.