Who are We?
The Calapooia Watershed Council (CWC) was created by residents of the watershed in 1999, and is a community organization that promotes voluntary actions to improve the health of the watershed. The Council was originally formed due to initial concerns of agriculture regulations and the listing of threatened fish species, namely spring Chinook and winter steelhead. The activities of the Council are guided by bylaws, articles of incorporation, policies, and its mission statement.
The primary goals of CWC include sharing information, coordinating restoration and protection actions to help address watershed management issues in the Upper, Middle and Lower Calapooia Watershed, reducing the duplication of activities, and providing a framework for coordination and cooperation among key interests. Council membership is open to any person who owns land or lives in or is an agent or leasee of a property owner in the Calapooia watershed and its tributaries. The Council recently earned its non-profit status in November 2008, and currently a Board of Directors of 11 members from diverse interests and geographic regions of the watershed serves as the decision-making body. Committees include the Management Committee and Projects Committee, that meet as-needed but typically every other month.
Mission of the Calapooia Watershed Council
The Calapooia Watershed Council shall provide opportunities for membership to cooperate in promoting and sustaining the health of the watershed and its communities.
What is a Watershed Council?
Oregon’s watershed councils emerged from House Bill 3441, which passed in 1995. Under this resolution, watershed councils must be locally organized, voluntary and non-regulatory. Watershed Councils are part of the Oregon Plan, which is an effort to recover threatened and endangered salmon and steelhead populations and to meet federal water quality standards. More information is available through the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.
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