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North Santian River Report

Fishing Conditions on the North Santiam, August 23, 2012

River flows vol­umes are excel­lent right now , cur­rently around 1,160 cfs at Mehama on the North Fork with good vis­i­bil­ity.  Con­di­tions are expected to stay at these lev­els for the next week.  Most of the salmon and steel­head have moved into the upper river.  Based on video mon­i­tor­ing at Ben­nett dam near Stay­ton, approximately […]

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Six Good Reasons to Plant Trees Beside a Stream

  The strip of land beside your stream is a great place to plant trees.  First of all, the 20 feet or so directly beside the stream prob­a­bly isn’t prac­ti­cal to use for most other pur­poses.  Sec­ond, the banks are too steep.  Third, there will prob­a­bly be sea­sonal flood­ing.  Besides, a forested buffer zone along […]

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Departmant of Fish and Wildlife Commission Discuss Governor’s Proposal to Restrict Gillnetting

Oregon’s Fish and Wildlife Com­mis­sion will dis­cuss Gov­er­nor John Kitzhaber’s new pro­posal to limit Colum­bia River gill net­ters on August 14th at 2 p.m.  No pub­lic com­ments will be taken, but ODFW has a live audio stream so you can lis­ten over the Web.

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North Santiam Watershed Council

ODFW Fish Migration Report July 25, 2012

  Based on video mon­i­tor­ing at Ben­nett dam near Stay­ton, approx­i­mately 3,000 sum­mer steel­head and 3,000 spring chi­nook have moved into the North San­tiam River sys­tem. Spring chi­nook hatch­ery brood col­lec­tion has started at Upper Ben­nett dam and will con­tinue through the end of July. Many fish includ­ing all sum­mer steel­head, are being passed above […]

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Find out where hatchery trout are released in the North Santiam Watershed

The Ore­gon Depart­ment of Fish and Wildlife stocks hatch­ery reared trout at many loca­tions in the North San­tiam Canyon. Click on any of the fish icons shown on the fol­low­ing map to learn a lit­tle more about the loca­tions that receive hatch­ery trout. View ODFW trout stock­ing sites in a larger map

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Let Sleeping Logs Lie

Let Sleeping Logs Lie

In the past, we thought it was a good idea to clean up the log jams that “choked up” steam chan­nels.  As a mat­ter of fact, Ore­gon used to have employ­ees whose pri­mary role was dyna­mit­ing log jams in rivers.  Today, things have changed.  We now under­stand that pulling logs and other wood out of […]

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Noxious Weeds are Obnoxious

Any­one who owns or man­ages land in the north San­tiam Water­shed already knows how totally obnox­ious some plants can be.  I mean, they just don’t get it, do they?  You keep pulling, or dig­ging or spray­ing and like a bad penny they just keep turn­ing up.  Some­times it seems almost hope­less. Nox­ious weeds are obnoxious, […]

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Grants of up to $10,000 Available for Habitat Restoration Projects

Whether you’re a local landowner or part of a cit­i­zens’ group, the North San­tiam Water­shed Coun­cil can act on your behalf and work with the Ore­gon Water­shed Enhance­ment Board (OWEB) to get fund­ing and sup­port for your on-the-ground habi­tat restora­tion project.  How much sup­port?  Well, if your con­ser­va­tion project is to pro­tect, restore or improve […]

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North Santiam River at Niagara

Quick Facts About the North Santiam River

The waters of the North San­tiam begin their jour­ney on the snowy slopes of Mount Jef­fer­son. Nearly ninety miles later they join the South San­tiam. Along its jour­ney the river flows past for­est and farm, field and city. Its flow is inter­rupted by high wall dams and and diverted for irri­ga­tion, munic­i­pal use and even […]

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Watersheds of the Willamette River Basin

What is a watershed?

When we talk about a water­shed on these pages, we’re refer­ring to the land area drained by a river or stream. So a “water­shed” can be the huge land area drained by the Colum­bia River or the area drained by the Willamette River.  A water­shed can be the 766 square miles drained by the North […]

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