We’ve pulled together some of the most frequently asked questions about the North Santiam Watershed Council.
Is the North Santiam Watershed Council part of the State of Oregon or Federal Government?
No, we are a group of community volunteers who love the river and streams of the North Santiam. We think they should be healthy and we think the economic and social health of the human communities in our watershed are important too.
But, our council, like all of the watershed councils in Oregon, was originally formed as a result of a state statute –ORS 541.350 (1995). And we do receive financial support from the Oregon Lottery and other sources.
So what does the North Santiam Watershed Council do, really?
Well, we help people. We help them solve a couple of very important problems. First we gather information. Information that helps folks learn about the conservation issues and natural marvels of the North Santiam River basin. Second, when folks have learned enough and when they’re ready to actually do something, to pitch in, to tackle a habitat problem, we’re really good at making it easy for them to do so. Because volunteers tackling habitat problems is really what we’re all about.
What kind of habitat problems?
- noxious weeds
- removing barriers to fish migration
- restore fish habitat in the streams
- rehabilitate stream side conditions that affect water quality
How do you do that?
The North Santiam Watershed Council is actually pretty good at helping landowners figure out how to identify projects, get financial help and identify possible tax benefits, design and build habitat projects that
- are based on scientific analysis and
- improve water health
We do this by developing partnerships and resources to plan, fund and implement projects.
This is all very cool, how can I get involved?
There are many ways you can volunteer to help improve the waters and lands of our watershed. The best way to get started is to attend one of the monthly council meetings.
When and where does the North Santiam Watershed Council meet?
The North Santiam Watershed Council meets on the second Thursday of every month. Meetings begin at 7:00 pm and usually last about an hour and a half or so.
We meet at the Stayton Community Center at 400 West Virginia Street, Stayton, OR.
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Most of the time someone with special knowledge will give an interesting and informative presentation on a habitat restoration project or another subject particularly interesting to our area.
Join us, you’ll be welcome.
Following the presentation, the Council’s dedicated members on the Steering Committee stay on to tackle the business side of things. They review projects that have been proposed to the group, evaluate the information that is shared with the landowners who are considering working together with the Council, budgets, and like we said, the business side of things.