Watershed Councils

What is a “Watershed”?

The term “watershed” describes an area of land that drains down slope to the lowest point. Making decisions about a watershed is an important responsibility; decisions must be based on a solid understanding of the characteristics of the watershed and how physical processes shape watershed conditions.

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Watershed Councils

Watershed councils are made up of local volunteers, non-regulatory organizations and people like you. The main goal of a watershed council is to protect, restore and improve the quality of the watersheds in their area. Watershed councils are found in small communities and large cities throughout Oregon. 

Watershed councils are not government entities. However they are often called upon during law making processes for advice and community outreach.

You local watershed council can provide information about your particular watershed and may even be able to direct you to funding sources to make watershed improvements on your property.

How Do I find my local Watershed Council?

The Network of Oregon Watershed Councils is a comprehensive online guide to help residents get connected with their local council group. This group can be a great resource for finding watershed information, getting help cleaning up or restoring areas, meetiing with other landowners and finding out about watershed grants in your area.

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Upcoming Events

Oct 2021

BCSW Fall Mini Tour - Krause Family Tree Farm - Rita Adams Property - Sept 16th - 9am - Details to be determined! - 10/16/2021 at 9:00 am
NEOSWA Neighbor to Neighbor Tour - 10/30/2021 at 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Nov 2021

Benton Chapter Monthly Meeting - 11/01/2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
ODF Board of Forestry - November 3/4 - 11/03/2021 - 11/04/2021 at All Day
CCFFA Board of Directors Meeting - 11/10/2021 at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dec 2021

Benton Chapter Monthly Meeting - 12/06/2021 at 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Jan 2022

DSWA Annual Dinner - 01/25/2022 at 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Jun 2022

2022 State OSWA Convention - Jun 23-25, 2022 - Corvallis, Oregon - 06/23/2022 - 06/25/2022 at 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Jul 2022

BCSW Annual Summer Picnic - Castle Family Forest - 07/23/2022 at 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

Jul 2023

BCSW Annual Summer Picnic - Castle Family Forest - 07/23/2023 at 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

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