Fifteenmile Creek Watershed is a 373 square mile (238,720 acre) drainage area mostly in northern Wasco County with some headwaters in Hood River County.
Fifteenmile Creek and tributaries: Eightmile, Fivemile, and Ramsey Creeks originate in the Mt. Hood National Forest and flow northeasterly, discharging into the Columbia River just downstream of The Dalles Dam. In the rainshadow of the Cascades, the watershed receives most of its rain in the winter with an occasional summer thunderstorm. Rainfall averages are 27 inches in the west grading to 12 inches in the east. It is home to the eastern-most run of wild winter steelhead in the Columbia Basin. Land use is primarily forestry and recreation in the westernmost 10 miles with dryland wheat and range in the remainder. Agriculture is about 72% of the land base.
The City of Dufur, in the center of the watershed, encompasses 730 acres.
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Fifteenmile Watershed Council
Chair: Phil Kaser
Vice Chair: Bill Hammel
Wasco Co. SWCD
USDA Service Center
2325 River Rd. Ste. 3
The Dalles, OR 97058
Monday thru Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District (WCSWCD) prohibits discrimination against its employees, partners, and participants for services and employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, and sexual orientation. WCSWCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer
15Mile Watershed Map
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.
Fifteenmile Watershed & Council
Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District
About the Fifteenmile Watershed
2018 Meeting Dates
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Ph: 541-296-6178 ext 3
About the Fifteenmile Watershed Council
The Fifteenmile Watershed Council was formed on March 19, 1997. The Council meets every other month. Meetings, regularly attended by many landowners, agencies, and partners, are focused mainly on managing irrigation needs with fish needs. The spirit of cooperation that exists within the council is extraordinary and one of mutual respect for each other needs. NOAA fisheries, tribes, and Oregon Dept of Fish and Wildlife, have their mandates to protect fish and oversee the health of the creek, US Forest Service where the creek originates and the farmers who have the need to irrigate to raise food crops, have come together to find ways to manage the watershed in order to see that all needs are met.
December 5, 2017
Barlow Ranger District Ofc
March 6, 2018
June 5, 2018
September 4, 2018
December 4, 2018
Quarterly - 1st Tues of the Month
Fifteenmile Irrigators: FAST Signup Deadline
Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District is now accepting instream lease applications for the 2018 irrigation season. The deadline for instream lease contracting is November 30th, 2017.
Financial compensation is available to irrigators in 2018 who temporarily lease part or all of their water rights for instream use. Irrigator compensation is based on three factors:
1) the type of lease (split season vs. full Season);
2) the total volume/acreage of water rights leased;
3) the length of the lease term (up to five Years);
Lease prices listed below can differ slightly year to year.
Water Right Years 1856–1896 ($73.33/acre-foot)
Water Right Years 1897–1909 ($50.00/acre-foot)
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
information contact Tatiana Taylor at email@example.com or 541-206-6178 ext 117.
Councils are often treated to presentations on various projects supported by and undertaken by partnering organizations and agencies. These presentations are now on a combined "Council Presentation" page found at the link below.