Double your impact for healthy rivers
Washington Water Trust has partnered with people and groups in local communities for more than 25 years to keep water instream when and where it is needed most to benefit fish and all who love and depend upon flowing rivers and streams. Make a tax-deductible gift and support healthy rivers across Washington today. All donations to WWT will be matched up to $15,000 through Dec. 31!
What We Do
Our mission is to protect and restore healthy rivers and streams across Washington so that fish, farms and communities can thrive for generations. We craft smart, collaborative solutions to our freshwater challenges that will withstand the test of time in our rapidly changing world.
Our Focus Areas
We focus our work in the following four areas:
- Helping Rivers Flow
- Reconnecting Water in the Landscape
- Planning for Future Water Use
- Developing Alternative Water Sources
We engage all water users for collective buy in
Our team crafts smart, evidence-based solutions
We create lasting change for a rapidly changing world
Is There Enough?
Commonly thought of as a water-rich state, Washington's freshwater resources are at risk from past mismanagement, climate change, and increasing demand. The good news is we are doing something about it.
Teanaway: A Stream Flows Again
The Teanaway River, a critical tributary in the Yakima basin for salmon, steelhead and trout, struggled for many years, often running dry. Watch our short film Teanaway: A Stream Flows Again to see how people are coming together to help the river make a comeback.
News + Events
At Washington Water Trust, we're laser-focused on what makes a stream a stream: the water! For 25 years, our supporters have helped us restore flows when and where needed most. With the growing demands on our freshwater and climate change, however, we need your help to do more. Give back to the rivers and streams you love by making a tax-deductible gift to WWT. All donations will be matched up to $15,000 through Dec. 31!
Washington Water Trust will host benefit screenings of the 17th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre in Walla Walla on Thurs, Nov. 9 and at Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg on Thurs, Nov. 16! Proceeds benefit our work for healthy rivers and streams across the state. Learn more and buy tickets today!
Washington Water Trust (WWT) is thrilled to partner with Iron Horse Brewery in Ellensburg for a Pint Night showing of the 17th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) on Thurs, Nov. 16. Proceeds from the event will benefit WWT's work restoring rivers and streams across the state. $1 from each pint sold of Iron Horse Brewery beer will be donated to WWT.
Washington Water Trust (WWT) is thrilled to host a showing of the 17th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) in Walla Walla at the historic Gesa Power House Theatre on Thurs, Nov. 9. Proceeds from the event will benefit WWT's work restoring rivers and streams in the Walla Walla region and across the state.
Washington Water Trust announced that Amazon Web Services, the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe, and other community partners supported a drought relief program in Clallam County on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula that enhanced stream flows to help ensure healthy salmon runs in the Dungeness River. The Dungeness River is one of the most productive and critical salmon-bearing rivers in the Puget Sound region.
2023 began with promise for Washington’s rivers and streams. Reservoirs were full, soils were refilling with slowly melting snow, and Washington skiers were enjoying the slopes later in the season than usual. However, three months later, Washington was facing the reality of yet another extreme drought. What happened? And how would water resource professionals respond?
We have good news to report from eastern Washington! We recently closed a major water right acquisition in the Walla Walla River Basin and streamflow monitoring is showing that our long-term efforts to keep the Teanaway River flowing in the face of climate change and drought are succeeding.
Dry Farming and Water Sustainability in the Walla Walla River Basin: Sharing the Research of Stanford Sustainable Waters Intern Tida Rau
Today, I am eager to tell you about Tida Rau, our Sustainable Waters Intern from The Bill Lane Center for the American West at Stanford University, who was nothing short of phenomenal in her role. A member of the Yakama and Lummi nations, Tida possesses a rare fusion of academic prowess and deep cultural understanding. Remarkable individuals like Tida are who will guide us on the path to a sustainable water future.
Washington Water Trust was founded in 1998 to forge a new path for restoring water to local rivers and streams. More than 25 years and hundreds of water transactions later, our collaborative approach continues delivering incredible results! Explore our 2022 Annual Report and get current on Washington Water Trust.
In case you missed it amid all the headlines of wildfires, heat domes, and reservoirs drying up around the world, here in Washington our Department of Ecology declared a drought emergency in 12 counties on Monday. The rest of the state is under a drought advisory. This drought will be hard on Washington’s fish and we’re working to reduce its impact.
The AWRA-WA Section conference on Thurs, Sept. 28 will highlight water challenges throughout the four corners of Washington State and the innovative ways that individuals are dealing with those issues. The conference will feature speakers from each of the four corners of Washington with varying perspectives, including agriculture, government, and tribal nations.
A public open house has been set for 6-8 pm, Tuesday, December 6, 2022 at the Dungeness River Nature Center: 1943 W Hendrickson Rd. Sequim, WA 98382. Community members can learn more about the proposed reservoir at the meeting that will feature a presentation by Clallam County and design engineers Anchor QEA.
Join us online on Thursday, December 8th at 6:30 pm (PST) for our 9th annual hosting of the Wild & Scenic Film Festival on tour! What better way to help restore Washington's rivers and streams than by embracing cozy season and snuggling up on the couch with some popcorn and frosty beverages for a fun and inspiring evening of nature, adventure and conservation film
“We are encouraged by all of you – our friends, supporters and partners – that see the writing on the wall; that recognize the urgent need to put water back instream so that our rivers, streams, fish, and communities here in Washington can be more resilient; so that we can have water flowing abundantly in our landscapes, bringing us joy and feeding our spirits.” - James Kraft, Executive Director
The Teanaway River, a critical tributary in the Yakima basin for salmon, steelhead and trout, struggled for many years, often running dry. Watch our new short film Teanaway: A Stream Flows Again to see how people are coming together to help the river make a comeback.
On July 14th the Washington State Department of Ecology declared a drought emergency for the entire state with the exception of Seattle, Tacoma, and Everett. Despite substantial snowpack accumulation over the winter and promising water supply forecasts, the second driest spring in Washington since 1895 combined with high temperatures this summer has led to acute snow melt and critical conditions for Washington’s freshwater.
In case you missed it the first time around, learn how Washington Water Trust and partners are exploring recycled water as a food crop irrigation source in the Sammamish Valley and how it could benefit salmon in the Sammamish and beyond.
Over the past year, we are thrilled to have added three new fantastic staff members: Sarah Dymecki, Nicole Gutierrez and Aiman Shahpurwala who have each kindly taken a moment to share their interests, experiences and roles at WWT. Get to know these amazing WWT team members!