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A Case for Water Typing in Washington State

Exclusive Look at Newly Released WFC Water Typing Video

Water typing is a process to identify and classify stream, lakes, and wetlands depending on their physical, biological, and human-use characteristics. This process was originally intended to regulate forest practices that impact Washington's surface waters but is now also used by local governments in land-use planning. This basic inventory is the most fundamental step in conserving wild-fish habitats. Unfortunately, because the current regulatory maps are inaccurate, many streams are not receiving the protection they warrant under existing regulations.

Since 1994, WFC has been surveying streams throughout Washington to accurately map and classify them. Through ongoing water-typing projects, we have corrected the classification of over 7000 stream reaches statewide. This incredible new video takes a close look at this statewide issue and explains just how important water typing is to the future of wild fish, our watersheds, and our communities. Take a look.

For more information about water typing and WFC's efforts in Washington state, click here.

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