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Rapid Watershed Assessment

A Rapid Watershed Assessment (RWA) is a set of initial estimates of where conservation investments might best address local resource concerns. The information is intended to be used along with other relevant information to assist individuals, communities, non-profits, local, state and federal entities and others to evaluate future conservation activities on a watershed basis.

Washington's  Completed  RWA's

         Graphic map of Washington state identifying the 9 watersheds which have a completed Rapid Watershed Assessment profile and matrices.

 

The assessments for each completed watershed are listed below. Each assessment is divided into two parts:

  • The RWA Profile contains a general watershed overview, physical description, resource concerns, Farm Bill programs addressed in the watershed, technical reports describing pertinent studies completed within the watershed and a bibliography.
     
  • The RWA Matrices uses the information gathered from the watershed profile and knowledge from NRCS staff and other local conservation professionals. The main utility for the matrices will be by the local NRCS field offices.
    The following topics are addressed for each landuse planning category in each watershed:
    •     Quantify resource concerns,
    •     Identify the extent of conservation practices that could be used to solve resource concerns,
    •     Estimate producer participation needed,
    •     Assume cost share rates,
    •     Project changes into the future five year planning horizon.

     

The following documents require Adobe Acrobat and/or Microsoft Excel.  Follow link for free download.

All publications have been make available in a .PDF format.  Alternative text is not available for these publications as they can not be depicted in a narrative format. We apologize for any inconvenience. For readers requiring assistance with 508 issues please call (509)-323-2961.

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Overview of the Washington Rapid Watershed Assessment documents.  (PDF; 156KB)


RWA Profile and Matrices for 9 Completed Watersheds
 
Rapid Watershed Assessment

8-Digit
Hydrologic Unit Code
 (HUC)


Assessment
Profile
 


Assessment
Landuse Matrices
 

Colville

17020003

Profile  (PDF;  4.9 MB)

Matrices

Dungeness- Elwha

17110020

Profile  (PDF;  10.1 MB)

Matrices

Lower Grande Ronde

17060106

Profile  (PDF;  4.9 MB)

Matrices

Lower Skagit

17110007

Profile  (PDF;  7.5 MB)

Matrices

Lower Snake - Tucannon

17060107

Profile  (PDF;  10.0 MB)

Matrices

Middle Columbia - Hood

17070105

Profile  (PDF;  6.3 MB)

Matrices

Naches

17030002

Profile  (PDF;  10.9 MB)

Matrices

Rock

17060109

Profile  (PDF;  7.1 MB)

Matrices

Willapa Bay

17100106

Profile  (PD;  16.2 MB)

Matrices