In June of 2011, the WRIA 35-Middle Snake Watershed Planning Unit adopted an updated Detailed Implementation Plan and completing Phase 4 of the Watershed Planning Process. Having gained 100% consensus on Instream Flows, the Planning Unit was positioned to move forward with rule setting on identified streams. Unfortunately due to budget cuts at Ecology the WRIA 35 Planning Unit was deemed a non-priority due to limited funding. Ecology has focused their Instream Flow Rule Setting process on those areas where there is a higher population base and with challenging water issues. The Planning Unit anticipates that in 2 to 4 year the Instream flow rule making process will begin.
The Planning Unit continues to be staffed with a Watershed Planning Director thanks to funding from the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board, Department of Ecology and other contractor’s and agencies. The Planning Unit will continue to seek funding for projects identified in the updated Detailed Implementation Plan and meetings of the Planning Unit members will occur as needed.