Assessment and Project Prioritization

The Council has completed the following assessments to identify and prioritize specific restoration and conservation strategies for a holistic watershed planning approach:

These assessments are phenomenal tools for the Council members and Coordinator because they provide clear direction based on scientific method (i.e. ODFW habitat survey protocol, hydraulic modeling) and on the existing Willamette Basin priorities (OWEB, ODFW, Pacific Coast Joint Venture, The Nature Conservancy). The CWC also continues to take advantage of habitat restoration opportunities as they arise through our relationships with community and agency stakeholders in high priority sub-basins or mainstem reaches. When a high priority sub-basin has not been evaluated in detail by the Council’s 2004 assessment, the Coordinator utilizes agencies’ input on fisheries, wildlife, and water resources, as well as GIS data layers gathered from the state and federal government, Linn County, or created in-house using ArcMap, to produce sub-basin site prioritization maps that identify target sub-basin areas and tax lots for strategic landowner recruitment.  The Outreach Coordinator then uses these maps as tools to guide the sub-basin landowner outreach strategy.  Once landowner recruitment is performed, the Coordinator writes grants for technical assistance dollars if the amount required exceeds the regional Landowner Outreach programmatic funds available for small-medium size projects.

The Council assists landowners with site monitoring by maintaining photo points and performing ocular assessment of their project sites. However, the CWC is partnering with Linn County’s GIS and Road Departments, and the North and South Santiam Watershed Councils to apply for County Title II and/or Meyer Memorial Trust Model Watershed funding to develop a more robust regional monitoring program.  The Council has a contract with OSU, supported by NOAA Open Rivers Initiative funding, for a 3-year biophysical and socioeconomic monitoring program for the Brownsville Dam Removal project.

The Council’s education and outreach program is a regional endeavor between the Calapooia, North and South Santiam Councils guided with assistance from an Advisory Committee comprised of representatives of the Councils and the USFS.  This collaboration has resulted in the ability to hire a Regional Education Coordinator to implement youth education programs. The Advisory Committee has prioritized schools in the headwaters of each watershed to be recipients of pilot watershed education programs. Lessons learned from working in the pilot schools will be used to refine the program and broaden the geographic scope of the program throughout the watersheds. Thorough review and evaluation of the programs will be conducted by the pilot schools with support from the Advisory Committee.

Please refer to the list of specific projects in the menu above for more information.