About the North Santiam Watershed Council

The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds

The Ore­gon Plan

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.

Our Goals

  • 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

Coun­cil Organization

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.

North Santiam Watershed Council Organization Chart

North San­tiam Water­shed Coun­cil Orga­ni­za­tion Chart

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.

Fre­quently asked ques­tions about the North San­tiam Water­shed Coun­cil and our habi­tat restora­tion projects.



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