Nisqually River Management Plan

by Douglas J. Canning, Washington Dep of Ecology, Olympia, WA, USA,
William A. Hashim, Washington Dep of Ecology, Olympia, WA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The Nisqually River is unique in Washington State, if not the nation, in having as its headwaters a glacier within a national park, and its estuary within a national wildlife refuge. The intervening 78 miles of river flow through forested mountainous terrain, rolling farm lands, past small towns, and through the Fort Lewis Military Reservation and the Nisqually Indian Reservation, before entering Puget Sound near the site of the first European settlement in the region. This paper discusses the subject in terms of the legislative mandate to protect the river, procedural solutions to the mandate, management issues, and other aspects of the subject.

Subject Headings: Rivers and streams | Coastal management | Legislation | Wildlife | Watersheds | Stadiums and sport facilities | Estuaries | Streamflow | Washington | United States

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