Watershed activities across Oregon are funded by Capacity Grants from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, authorized by ORS 541-906, Division 40 Watershed Council Support, Watershed Council Operating Grants. These grants help pay for a Coordinators time, some technical and administrative needs. The Wasco Co. SWCD fills the role of Fiscal Sponsor for the financial management of the the grant, picks up incidental additional costs not covered by the Capacity Grant, and often provides match funding for restoration grants.
In 2014, in an action to more make more efficient use of funding in the face of a plethora of watershed councils to support across the state, OWEB revised it's Capacity Grant Program. The result is the Outcome-Based Watershed Council Operating Capacity Grant Program. Watershed Coordinating Boards were formed as watershed council governing body who have the responsibility to ensure that the watershed councils meet legal requirements, support successful achievement of council goals, and to create structure, policies, and procedures that support good governance. The Coordinating Board will prioritize watershed projects and input those needs into the Conservation District's Area Plan for technical assistance and funding.
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
541-296-6178 ext 102
Wasco Co. SWCD
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2325 River Rd. Ste. 3
The Dalles, OR 97058
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Watershed Council History in Wasco County
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Abbie Forrest, the District's Watershed Coordinator, works with the Coordinating Board and watershed councils to coordinate their activities. Both the Coordinating Board and councils operate under a unified set of by-laws and use an overarching Action Plan based upon resource concerns from all five councils.
In order to insure the Wasco Co. Watershed Councils have the technical support they need, the Conservation District assigned a Conservation Planner to each council.
Voting council members of the councils are appointed by the County. You can use the map link in the lower left corner to find out what watershed you are in. If you are interested in becoming involved, watershed council meeting dates are posted to the right. To be put on a council's mailing list, please contact Abbie. Her contact information is posted below.