The Calapooia Watershed Council has seen a year of changes! We’re have almost an entirely new staff, and have accomplished a huge amount of projects and education programming in the last year. We installed 16 wood placement projects, put 75,000 plants in the ground, and taught over 700 students on multiple occasions.
Updated CWC 5 Year Strategic Plan, 2014-2015 Board Approved Revisions
The Calapooia Watershed Council has successfully completed fish passage restoration throughout the mainstem and in high priority tributary, Brush Creek. Our partnerships, including the SSWC, NSWC and OPRD have allowed us to leverage funding and staff resources allowing us to implement advanced and award-winning restoration projects throughout the watershed. Simultaneously, over the last four years we have made great strides in developing our young non-profit organization through policies, administrative practices, financial systems, and office management, while avoiding major growing pains. The CWC has been considered one of the most innovative, solid and forward thinking councils in the state, and continuing with this momentum and reputation we are setting down new, progressive paths in the coming years recognizing our successes but considering areas for improvement including but not limited to community engagement including youth, membership involvement and tracking, recognition of socioeconomic and ecological shifts in the rural watershed, and the need for urban education and connection to local streams.
2015 Annual Report
The Youth Watershed Education and Community Engagement programs are in full throttle in FY2015 introducing watershed restoration to new audiences across the mid-Valley in partnership with other organizations and watershed councils. Our new signature event, Willamette River Relay, is engaging hundreds of athletes, their families, and new corporate friends. High school students in South Albany and Central Linn are forming youth watershed council clubs and planning sophisticated restoration projects for FY2016. SalmonWatch is engaging and captivating several hundred students who are learning about the fish?s life-cycle, water quality, riparian
zones, and stream bugs.
2014 Annual Report
Another exciting year in the books for Calapooia Watershed Council. In 2014, we made significant advancements with our youth watershed education program and continued our restoration successes on the Calapooia and its tributaries. We also held our inaugural Willamette River Relay in August 2014 and continued our partnerships with the City of Albany, The Nature Conservancy, Albany Public Schools, and maybe more invaluable organizations throughout the mid-Willamette Valley.
2013 Annual Report
With 5 years of mileage on our non-profit status, the council has matured into the next level of planning and thought and we are asking the really tough questions now, like how do we sustain the high ecological function of our restored landscapes, and do the children inheriting our project areas someday understand and value these efforts? Without connecting to this broader audience, which includes the kids in our watershed, our efforts are jeopardized. With successful riparian revegetation, fish passage and habitat under our belts, in 2013 our watershed council prioritized development of a community engagement and youth watershed education program.
2012 Annual Report
The Calapooia Watershed Council (CWC) continued to grow in a positive direction in fiscal year 2012. New advancements include development of youth watershed education programming, increased staff capacity, and continued private and public landowner partnerships to enhance riparian, upland, and instream habitats and perform maintenance on existing projects like Sodom Channel.