Directors and coordinators representing all ten watershed councils in Clackamas County attended a Council of Councils meeting on January 9, 2019.
General Manager Tom Salzer and staff member Cathy McQueeney represented the Clackamas SWCD. The event was hosted by the District and was organized and facilitated by Anna Rankin of Pudding River Watershed Council and Cheryl McGinnis of Clackamas River Basin Council.
What is the purpose of the group?
The Council of Councils provides the group with an excellent opportunity to network with colleagues who represent watersheds in all areas of the District. Additionally, participants have the chance to get acquainted with new leaders and discuss creative opportunities to partner together to achieve our shared goals.
What was the outcome?
Attendees shared best practices for developing strategic plans for their organizations and discussed ways to optimize their resources and strengths as a collaborative unit. Councils drew on their diversity to assist one another on these topics:
- experienced/novice directors
- urban/rural communities
- large/small watersheds
- single-staffed/multi-staffed offices
- councils which straddle multiple counties
- councils which share in Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) funding
More about OWEB
OWEB is a state agency whose mission is to help protect and restore healthy watersheds and natural habitats that support thriving communities and strong economies. One of their many functions is to provide grants to Districts, watershed councils, and others installing conservation and restoration practices that take care of local streams, rivers, wetlands, and natural areas.
Our Watershed Council Partners Include:
- Clackamas River Basin Council
- Greater Oregon City Watershed Council
- Johnson Creek Watershed Council
- Molalla River Watch
- North Clackamas Urban Watersheds Council
- Oswego Lake Watershed Council
- Pudding River Watershed Council
- Sandy River Basin Watershed Council
- Tryon Creek Watershed Council
- Tualatin River Watershed Council