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

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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Our History

"-the first stop for all your natural resource needs"
Watershed Council History in Wasco County
The first order of business for the watershed councils was to complete watershed assessments for the major watersheds in Wasco County. These documents would be vital in helping to guide future restoration activities by identifying historical conditions of the watersheds. The Conservation District drew on the services of Americorps for the manpower needed to conduct the extensive research necessary to complete each assessment.

The assessments not only describe the socio and economic background of each watershed, they also delve into historic conditions, land use, stream conditions, and other aspects of the watershed as a whole. Wasco County's rich history archived by the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center and Museum, as well as local historical societies provided a wealth of information to draw upon.

The Mosier Watershed Assessment was completed in 2002, Fifteenmile and The Dalles Assessments were completed in 2003, followed by White River in 2004, and Bakeoven in 2005.

Assements for each watershed can be accessed via the Site Map and from each individual watershed council page.
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Ph: 541-296-6178 ext 3
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Privacy Statement
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.
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