Willamette Model Watershed Program

Stout Creek, Valentine Creek, and Bear Branch Creek have been the focus of the NSWC Model Watershed Project since 2009. Data sources:  United States Geological Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board

Stout Creek, Valen­tine Creek, and Bear Branch Creek have been the focus of the NSWC Model Water­shed Project since 2009. Data sources: United States Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey, the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency, and the Ore­gon Water­shed Enhance­ment Board

The North San­tiam, South San­tiam, and Calapooia Water­shed Coun­cils col­lab­o­rate region­ally to form the Santiam-Calapooia Model Water­shed Col­lab­o­ra­tion. The goal of restora­tion and eco­log­i­cal mon­i­tor­ing through the Model Water­shed Pro­gram  is to move for­ward a vision of clean healthy waters with eco­log­i­cal flows, native species recov­ery and diverse flood­plain con­nec­tiv­ity and healthy ripar­ian forests. This can be accom­plished in tan­dem with sta­ble economies and work­ing land­scapes that sup­port local pop­u­la­tions, and com­mu­ni­ties that sus­tain those nat­ural resources.

In the North San­tiam Water­shed, Stout Creek, Valen­tine Creek, and Bear Branch Creek are part of the Model Water­shed Pro­gram. All three water­sheds are located in the upper extent of the Lower North San­tiam Water­shed, which drains approx­i­mately 113 square miles of land. It is the most heav­ily pop­u­lated por­tion of the water­shed, con­tain­ing the com­mu­ni­ties of Jef­fer­son, Mar­ion, Stay­ton, and Lyons. Geren Island, the drink­ing water facil­ity for the City of Salem, is also located in this por­tion of the water­shed. Thus, water qual­ity in each of these sub-basins impacts the water qual­ity of the North San­tiam River. In addi­tion, all three trib­u­taries are listed as essen­tial salmonid habi­tat and exceed sum­mer tem­per­a­ture stan­dards. For all of these rea­sons, these trib­u­taries were pri­or­i­tized for the Model Water­shed Pro­gram. The Coun­cil hopes to use lessons learned and tools devel­oped through  restora­tion and mon­i­tor­ing in these sub-watersheds to expand efforts to improve over­all water­shed health to the entire North San­tiam River Basin.

To learn more about restora­tion work in the North San­tiam Model Water­sheds, please see the links below:

Bear Branch Creek

Valen­tine Creek

Stout Creek