A watershed is the area of land that drains into a particular body of water such as a stream, river, lake, or bay.
The watershed includes not only the waterway itself, but also the entire land area that drains to it.

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Wasco County Area Watershed Councils

Abbie Forrest
Watershed Coordinator
541-296-6178 ext 102
Wasco Co. SWCD
USDA Service Center
2325 River Rd. Ste. 3
The Dalles, OR 97058
Office Hours
Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Closed Holidays
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What is a Watershed Council

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The responsibilities of the Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District encompass the entire area that represents Wasco County. In order to fulfill its responsibility and to render assistance more efficiently the district relies on local input. By fostering watershed councils the district has a means of identifying and addressing resource concerns by those living within their watershed.The watershed councils are a way to focus manpower and resources on natural resource issues within individual watersheds guided by locally led conservation strategies.

There are five active watershed councils covering the largest watersheds:

South Wasco County
Bakeoven/Buck Hollow Watersheds - Bakeoven Watershed is approx 98,000 acres. The Bakeoven Watershed Council was formed in 1995.
Buck Hollow is 120,000 acres and is shared with Sherman County. The Council was formed in 1991.
White River Watershed is 350,000 acres. The Council was formed in June 2000.

North Wasco County
Fifteenmile Watershed is 220,000 acres. The Watershed Council was formed March 19, 1997
The Dalles Watershed is 82,000 acres. The Council was formed on December 10, 2001
Mosier Watershed is 50,000 acres. The Council was formed on December 9, 1999.

Not covered by a council is:
Antelope Creek Watershed (South Wasco County) is 100,639 acres

Shared Watersheds:
Pine Hollow Watershed (South Wasco County and South Sherman County) is 83,725 acres. Sherman County's Pine Hollow/Jackknife Canyon Watershed Council oversees restoration activities for this watershed.
What is a Watershed Council
House Bill 3441 was passed by the Legislature in 1995 to provide guidance in establishing local watershed councils. Watershed councils established under ORS 541.910 (1) and (2) specifies that they "shall consist of a majority of local residents including local officials, as long as the council represents a balance of interested and affected persons within the watershed". This to assure a high level of citizen involvement in the development and implementation of watershed action plans.

ORS 695-040-0020 Definitions
(4) "Watershed council" or "council" pursuant to ORS 541-890(15), means a voluntary local organization, designated by a local government group, convened by a county governing body, to address the goal of sustianing natural resources and conducting watershed protection, restoration, and enhancement within a watershed as defined in ORS 541-890(14).

Basically, watershed councils are voluntary, locally organized, non-regulatory groups established to improve watershed counditions in their local area. The goal being to restore or enhance watershed conditions and function for the betterment of all - agriculturally, environmentally, and economically.

The partnerships formed between local residents, local, state, federal agency staff and other groups through watershed councils, not only provides an opportunity to foster a deeper understanding between the groups, but also focuses technical and financial resources into the watershed to achieve restoration goals.
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