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Cedar River Council

Cedar River Council

Cedar River CouncilCedar River Council (CRC) is a public forum connecting people and the river to their government.

The Cedar River Council is an independent, public-private body that promotes the health of the Cedar River Basin, focusing on lower basin issues. King County contributes staff support to the Council.

The Cedar River Council (CRC) began meeting as a group in 1995, with the intent of coordinating implementation of Cedar River Basin Plan recommendations, which were largely focused on the lower Cedar River Basin below City of Seattle’s diversion dam at Landsburg. The CRC was specifically cited by King County Council Motion 9410 (1994), which created the Cedar River Legacy Project by Ordinance 12809 (1997) which adopted the basin plan.

The primary focus of the CRC was on implementation of the basin plan and Cedar River Legacy acquisition priorities. The CRC’s work program and focus has evolved over the years but has always included a strong component of supporting the primary goals of the basin plan, which were related to flood hazard reduction, habitat protection and restoration, and water quality protection.

Council membership includes residents and representatives from environmental groups, businesses, and local, state, federal and tribal governments.

All interested in the economic and ecological health of the Cedar River basin are encouraged to participate!

Meetings and Documents

On June 29, 2021, the Cedar River Council submitted a letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee requesting his support and action regarding the health and future of the Cedar River sockeye salmon population. Read the letter here.

Missed the latest meeting? Recordings of recent Cedar River Council meetings may be available upon request. Please contact Nathan Brown for details.

**CRC Meeting Announcement**

The next meeting is set to take place in person on February 27, 2024, to discuss the agenda/objectives below. Your participation is crucial at this upcoming meeting. Your input will significantly influence the future direction of the CRC. Therefore, we sincerely request your attendance and active engagement at this in-person gathering, scheduled to take place at the Renton Community Center starting at 4:30 p.m.. Thank you for your commitment to shaping the future of the CRC. We look forward to your active presence at the meeting.

Start and End Times:

  • Doors open and setup at 4:30 p.m.
  • Conversations and work will begin approximately at 5:30 p.m.
  • We plan to complete our work by 8:30 p.m. but can continue this conversation in to March if necessary.

Meeting Objectives: Initiate a focused discussion about CRC’s future and sustainability. The CRC will convene to work on developing strategies for its future continuity. We aim to foster important and candid discussions about members' interests, commitments, and strategies for addressing the CRC's future. Your active participation in these upcoming meetings is strongly encouraged as it is crucial for the CRC's future.

Goals for this work include:

  • Evolution of CRC to address its future sustainability.
  • Clarity of identity and purpose/mission compelling for future generation engagement.
  • Development of established near-term actions to support the future of the CRC.


Part 1:  Objectives include reviewing CRC achievements to date, discussing and identifying membership convictions, brainstorming to generate strategies for the CRC's journey into the future.

I. Welcome and Introductions (5 minutes)
  • Welcome participants and set a positive tone for the meeting.
  • Brief introductions for those who may be new or unfamiliar with each other.
II. Review of Current Council Activities (15 minutes)
  • Provide an overview of the current projects, programs, and initiatives undertaken by the council.
  • Highlight achievements and challenges.
  • Open the floor for any immediate questions or clarifications.
III. Honest Discussion on Interest in Continuing Current Activities (30 minutes)
  • Facilitate an open and honest discussion about each member's interest and commitment to continuing the council's current level of activities.
  • Encourage members to share their perspectives, concerns, and any suggested adjustments to the current approach.
V. Brainstorming Session: Council's Future Thriving (30 minutes)
  • Facilitate a brainstorming session to gather opinions on what the council needs to thrive and continue its effectiveness.
  • Encourage members to express their thoughts on potential improvements, new initiatives, or changes in strategy.
  • Use a collaborative approach to build on each other's ideas.

Part 2.  The primary objective of facilitating discussions regarding individual commitments and strategic investments aimed at fortifying the CRC's future success.

VI. Group Discussion on Thriving Strategies (20 minutes)
  • Engage the group in a discussion on the feasibility and potential challenges of the proposed ideas.
  • Prioritize key strategies and identify action steps.
  • Encourage members to express their views on how they can contribute to the implementation of these strategies.
VII. Wrap-up and Next Steps (10 minutes)
  • Summarize key points from the discussion.
  • Discuss the next steps and potential follow-up actions.
  • Confirm any action items and assign responsibilities.
VIII. Closing Remarks (5 minutes)
  • Express gratitude for members' participation.
  • Reiterate the importance of their commitment to the council's success.
  • Set expectations for future communications and collaborations.

Past Meetings

To view any previous meeting information from 2023 and earlier, click on the "Archived Meeting Documents" section listed below. Once there, you will need to click on the public Microsoft Sharepoint link to view all of them, which are sorted by year and their respective meeting dates. For example, are you looking for a specific presentation from March 2022? Click on the "2022 Meeting Documents" folder and then that March meeting subfolder to find the slides from that presentation.

Contact Us

Nathan Brown III
Cedar River Council Coordinator 
Water and Land Resources Division
Department of Natural Resources and Parks
201 South Jackson Street, Suite 5600
Seattle, Washington 98104-3855
Office: 206-477-4654

About the CRC

Upcoming Meeting Schedule

Meetings are usually held on the fourth Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. via Zoom. All meeting information is subject to change.

  • January 23, 2024 CANCELLED
  • February 27, 2024**
  • March 26, 2024
  • April 23, 2024
  • May 28, 2024
  • June 25, 2024
  • July 23, 2024
  • No Meeting in August
  • September 24, 2024
  • October 22, 2024
  • November 26, 2024
  • No Meeting in December

  • **In-person meeting

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