The North Santiam Watershed Council is a group of community volunteers who act together to help restore the North Santiam Watershed so that it can support the natural habitat important to endangered salmon and steelhead fish and support the economy and quality of life of our communities.
Watershed Councils play important roles in implementing habitat restoration and other projects for the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.
- Promoting awareness and education about watershed issues
- Preserving and/or improving water quality and quantity in the river and stream networks
- Maintaining healthy, well-functioning natural and human communities within the watershed
- Protecting natural areas including wildlife habitat and biodiversity
- Recognizing the social and economic benefits in protecting the health of the watershed
Even though we try to make the working of the North Santiam Watershed Council as casual as possible, we’ve found over the years that a certain amount of formality is important, especially when you want to actually get something done. So we’ve organized the Council in a way that puts a great emphasis on identifying and managing projects. Here’s how it works.
The Council has
- General Membership that is open to any individual, community, business and government group having an interest in the watershed and that supports the mission of the Council.
- A Steering Committee serves as the decision-making body of the organization and includes representatives from the diverse interests and geographic regions of the watershed.
General and Steering members are welcome and encouraged to participate in Council programs and serve on sub-committees or teams addressing the natural resource management concerns of the North Santiam Watershed. General members serve on working groups and committees and make recommendations to the Steering Committee.
The Steering Committee is the decision making body and consisting of 12 voting members representing the primary interests and sub-basins of the watershed.
Steering Committee members must live in or derive economic benefit from the watershed.
Subcommittees and Working Groups are informal groups for special projects and include at least one Steering Committee member.
The Operations Committee consists of the Steering Committee Chair, Vice Chair and Treasurer. It is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Council (e.g. managing contractors, reviewing grant
submissions and deliverable review).
The Operations Committee operates under the direction of, and reports to, the Steering Committee. Positions elected annually.
Members of the Steering Committee represent the following distribution of interests groups:
- two economic interest representatives (timber, agriculture, aggregate, recreation/tourism or other business);
- one natural resource representative;
- one City of Salem representative;
- one small cities in the watershed representative;
- one irrigation district representative;
- two general interest representatives (citizen at large, appointed by Linn & Marion Co. Commissioners); and
- four sub-basin representatives from the different geographic reaches of the watershed
The North Santiam Watershed Council is a place to work together in a non-regulatory setting to achieve the goal of healthy water, healthy natural resources and healthy, economically vibrant communities.
The council was formed in 1995 and was recognized by the Marion and Linn County Commissioners in 1998.