About Watershed Councils


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List of Oregon watershed councils with contact information

A watershed council is a community-based, voluntary, non-regulatory group that meets regularly in their local communities to assess conditions in a given watershed (usually a river or creek and the lands that drain into them) and to conduct projects to restore or enhance the waters and lands for fish and native plants in their areas.  Oregon is one of the few states to have this community-based model – supported by the state and recognized by local governments – to focus on restoring land and water from “ridgetop to ridgetop.”

Watershed councils work with local, state, and federal partners and private landowners.  Projects include things like replacing culverts to allow for better fish passage or planting shady plants along a creek to keep the water cool enough for fish.  Councils are designated by county governments and are expected to have broad and balanced representation and viewpoints.

Fifty-nine watershed councils receive capacity funding support through the state Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB). This state agency is funded through the sales of lottery tickets as well as through the federal Pacific Coast Salmon Recovery Fund. OWEB provides grants for operating funds, restoration projects, and other programs to enable councils to carry out restoration, monitor the status of the watershed, and reach out to landowners and other community members.

Councils are diverse; some work in dense population centers while others serve in large rural areas. Some have staffs of 10 or more, while many have smaller staffs and many operate out of donated or shared office spaces.  Some are non-profit organizations, while others partner with Soil and Water Conservation Districts or other local and state organizations as their fiscal sponsors. 

List of NOWC Member Watershed Councils 

Region 1 (North Coast)

Columbia River Estuary Study TaskforceAstoria 503.325.0435dlofman@columbiaestuary.org
Lower Columbia WC Saint Helens503.433.3205allan@whitingenv.com
Lower Nehalem WC Nehalem503.368.7424lnwc@nehalemtel.net
Midcoast WC Newport541.265.9195evan@midcoastwc.org
Necanicum WC Seaside503.717.1458necanicumwatershed
Nestucca, Neskowin & Sand Lake WCPacific City503.965.2200nnwc@nestuccawaters.org
North Coast Watershed Association Astoria 503.468.0408northcoastwatershedcouncils
Scappoose Bay WC Scappoose503.397.7904info
Siuslaw WC Mapleton541.268.3044watershed@siuslaw.org
Upper Nehalem WC Vernonia503.429.0869maggie@nehalem.org
Board Representatives:
Noah Dolanjec, Necanicum Watershed Council

Region 2 (Southwest Oregon) 

Applegate Partnership & WCJacksonville541.899.9982contact@apwc.info
Coos WA Coos Bay 541.888.5922cooswa@cooswatershed.org
Coquille WACoquille541.396.2541info@coquillewatershed.org
Elk Creek WC Yoncalla 541.836.7206russell.leland@gmail.com
Illinois Valley WC Cave Junction541.592.3731kevin@ivstreamteam.org
Lower Rogue WC Gold Beach541.247.2755kelly@currywatersheds.org
Partnership for the Umpqua RiversRoseburg541.673.5756eric@umpquarivers.org
Rogue River WC Central Point541.423.6158info@rogueriverwc.org
South Coast WC Gold Beach541.247.2755miranda.gray
Board Representatives:
Miranda Gray, South Coast Watershed Council

Region 3 (Willamette Basin) 

Calapooia WC Brownsville541.583.3626operations@calapooia.org
Clackamas Basin WCClackamas503.303.4372info@clackamasriver.org
Coast Fork Willamette WC Cottage Grove541.767.9717coordinator@coastfork.org
Columbia Slough WC Portland 503.281.1132info@columbiaslough.org
Greater Oregon City WC Oregon City503.374-8279admin@gocwc.org
Greater Yamhill WC McMinnville503.474.1047luke@gywc.org
Johnson Creek WC Portland503.652.7477daniel@jcwc.org
Long Tom WC Eugene541.654.8965info@longtom.org
Luckiamute WC Independence503.837.0237director
Marys River WC Corvallis 541.758.7597holly@mrwc.org
McKenzie WC Springfield 458.201.8150jared@mckenziewc.org
Middle Fork Willamette WCLowell
Mollalla River WatchMolalla503.559.0885molallariverwatch
North Santiam WC Stayton503.930.8202council@northsantiam.org
Pudding River WC Woodburn503.982.5387cleanpuddingriver
South Santiam WC Sweet Home 541.367.5564s.richardson.sswc
Tryon Creek WC Lake Oswego530.902.7528alexis@tryoncreek.org
Board Representatives:
Alexis Barton, Tryon Creek Watershed Council
Dov Weinman, Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council

Region 4 (Central Oregon) 

Crooked River WC Prineville541.447.8567chris@crwc.info
Hood River WGHood River541.386.4588cindy@hoodriverswcd.org
Klamath WPKlamath Falls541.850.1717info
Lake County Umbrella WC Lakeview541.219.0493bdneider23@gmail.com
Middle Deschutes WC Redmond541.699.3202middledeschuteswc
Upper Deschutes WC Bend541.382.6103kknight
Wasco County Area WatershedsThe Dalles541.296.6178
Board Representatives:
Chris Gannon, Crooked River Watershed Council
Cindy Thieman, Hood River Watershed Group

Region 5 (Eastern Oregon )

Grande Ronde Model WCLa Grande541.663.0570jesse@grmw.org
Harney County WCHines541.573.2000hcwatershedcouncil.com
Malheur WC Ontario541.881.1417diebelk12@gmail.com
Owyhee WC Adrian541.372.5782agreenowc@qwestoffice.net
Powder Basin WC Baker City541.523.7288pbwced@qwestoffice.net
Board Representatives:
Jesse Steele, Grande Ronde Model Watershed Council

Region 6 (Mid Columbia)

Gilliam-East John Day WC Condon 541.384.2281gilliamwc@gmail.com
Mid John Day-Bridge Creek WC Fossil541.468.2990midjohndaywc
North Fork John Day WC Long Creek541.421.3018info@nfjdwc.org
Sherman County WC Moro541.565.3216
South Fork John Day WC John Day541.620.5739astiner@outlook.com
Umatilla Basin WC Pendleton541.276.2190umatillawatershed@gmail.com
Walla Walla Basin WC Milton-Freewater541.938.2170troy.baker@wwbwc.org
Board Representative:
Debra Bunch, Mid John Day-Bridge Creek Watershed Council,
Kristen Walz, North Fork John Day Watershed Council