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White River

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White River Watershed, King County, Washington

White River Watershed

Puyallup-White River Watershed Map
White River Watershed map

White River interactive map
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Introduction to watersheds

White River watershed facts - Learn about White River history and fisheries, look at a watershed map and visit other White River related resources.

Report problems: drainage and water quality

Stormwater runoff pollution and how to reduce it
Tips on how to reduce water pollution from home, yard, car, pets and so forth.

Flooding and hydrology

White River flooding information
Look up river gage levels, flood phases and descriptions provided by King County Flood Warning System.

Projects in the White River Watershed

Water and land improvement projects,  White River Watershed
Look up flooding, wastewater treatment and stormwater projects in King County, Washington.

Lower White River countyline reach flood projects
Levee setback projects to increase flood storage and reduce the risk of flood damage during high-water.

Middle Boise Creek Restoration Project
Overview of a project to widen a creek, plant native riparian trees, install wood and restore an associated wetland to improve habitat near Enumclaw.

Lower Boise Creek Habitat Restoration Project
Overview of a project to remove contamination and restore a creek to create salmon spawning habitat near Enumclaw.

Surface water management and groundwater

Report problems: drainage and water quality

Puyallup-White River watershed map (Acrobat pdf)
Drainage map displaying streams, lakes, drainage divides, major roads and jurisdictions straddling King County and Pierce County.

Boise Creek basin map

South King County Groundwater Management Area
Learn about plans to protect the aquifer in the south county area including the White River watershed localities of Algona, Pacific, and unincorporated King County areas.

Lakes: statistics and water quality

Lake Weedwatcher Program
Got a small boat? Interested in saving a lake from the horrors of dense weed infestations?


Science documents - White River Watershed

Recreation and appreciation

Fishing regulations and seasons (external link)
Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife fishing rules for Washington State including White River, its tributaries and lakes within the watershed.

Known hazards on King County rivers
Reports of confirmed logjams and obstructions that pose a hazard to recreational river users, but does not include hazards that are not known.


Agriculture in King County, Washington
Info about several programs serving growers in King County and resources promoting local agriculture. The White River watershed includes part of King County's larger agricultural districts.

Noxious weed infestation map
Interactive map showing location of regulated noxious weed infestations.

Puget Sound Fresh
Look up Enumclaw area u-pick farms, community-supported farms, nurseries and produce markets.

Forestry services and information - King County services and contacts for foresters and homeowners involved in forestry.

King County volunteer opportunities - Get the "Dirt" on upcoming events.

For more information about the White River Watershed, or to get involved in watershed activities, call Josh Kahan, Basin Steward, at 206-477-4721.

Related information

Related agencies

News and announcements

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May 15, 2015
External article, Seattle Times
Inslee declares statewide drought emergency  

Dec. 21, 2014
External story, The News Tribune and The Olympian
Climate Change is Changing Mount Rainier

Jul. 10, 2014
Executive Constantine supports comprehensive approach to improving water quality

Jul. 1, 2014
Enjoy (with care) King County’s lakes, rivers and Puget Sound this July 4th

May 30, 2014
As weather heats up, King County urges caution around cold rivers, lakes, Sound

2013 King County Accomplishments

Oct. 29, 2013
Increasing flood risk in Pacific triggers emergency protection measures

Oct. 21, 2013
Flood season is here – are you prepared?
Emergency responders from King and Pierce counties collaborate

FacebookKing County Rivers Facebook page (external link)

Sep 26, 2013
External opinion, Seattle Times
Guest: Stop fish kills, restore salmon run on White River

Jul. 31, 2013
King County offers rural homeowners free advice for preventing wildfire
Next ‘firewise’ training is Aug. 10 as part of 2013 Northwest Citizen Corps Expo

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