About the Council

The Sandy River Watershed Council is composed of people who live, work or recreate in the Sandy River Basin as well as organizations that have an interest in the area. The watershed council is a partnership: individuals and organizations work cooperatively to improve the health of the watershed for fish, wildlife and people. We coordinate our efforts with many private and public sector partners to produce the greatest benefits for the watershed. Founded by local residents in 1997, the watershed council is an independent, non-profit corporation. We believe that cooperative efforts and relationships will produce lasting benefits for everyone involved. Our habitat restoration projects and basic operations are funded by grants, matching funds from partners and contributions from community members.

Our mission?

To restore and protect the natural, cultural, and historical resources of the Sandy River watershed and promote the enjoyment of the watershed for the diversity of stakeholders.

What do we do?

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Watershed Council Members reviewing excavation plans.We work with private landowners and our other partners to improve conditions for salmon, steelhead and aquatic and terrestrial wildlife. To do this we plan and implement habitat restoration projects at high priority sites on rivers and creeks.
Volunteer boy scout troop helps to plant trees.We engage volunteers, community groups and youth employment programs in tree planting and other projects to improve water quality on private and public land.
Tour of Arrah Wanna side channel project with private land owners.We organize tours and workshops to raise public awareness and encourage people to take action to improve water quality
We work with community members, biologists and specialists from agencies and private organizations to assess conditions in the Sandy River Basin and identify high priority actions that will improve watershed health.

Watershed Council Meetings

Our council meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month. Due to COVID-19, these meetings are being held virtually via Zoom.

They are open to the public. Please check our CALENDAR for the next meeting date.

Past meeting agendas, presentation slides, and board-approved minutes can be viewed on this page.

We welcome your participation.