2023 Watershed Council Support Grants Awarded

The Molalla River Watershed is one of nine watersheds in Clackamas County.

The Molalla River has been designated a “wild and scenic river” by the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

On Tuesday, December 20, 2022 , the Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Directors unanimously approved Watershed Council Support Grants totaling $85,000. Nine watershed councils are located wholly or partially within Clackamas County boundary.

Grant support provided by the District to the watershed councils is designated as unrestricted funds. This means that the councils can choose to spend these funds in the manner that best suit their needs. For example, funds could be used to cover operational and administrative costs essential for day-to-day operations. Local watershed councils share District goals and values. They make a significant positive impact on the local environment, economy, and community.

The Clackamas River provides drinking water to many residents of Clackamas County.

The Clackamas River provides drinking water to many residents of Clackamas County.

What do watershed councils do?

A watershed council is a locally organized, voluntary, non-regulatory group created to improve the condition of a local watershed. Councils can be very helpful in realizing conservation goals in a local watershed.

Depending on the capacity of the watershed council, there are a number of things they might do to improve watershed health. They may:

  • Bring together varied interests to form a common vision for the ecological and economic sustainability and livability of their watershed
  • Plan, develop, and implement projects to maintain and restore streamside areas
  • Monitor and improve local water quality
  • Identify and remove invasive weeds
  • Establish and preserve fish and wildlife habitat
  • Use their powerful volunteer base to accomplish on-the-ground projects
  • Educate and inform local citizens about watershed processes and functions

2022-2023 Support Grants have been awarded to the following watershed councils:

The watershed council support funding enables the Pudding River Watershed Council to manage its operations more confidently and competitively. We are very thankful for the support, particularly in the years while the council reorganized; we simply couldn’t have done it without CSWCD. – Anna Rankin, Pudding River Watershed Council

The Pudding River watershed includes many agricultural properties.

The Pudding River watershed includes many agricultural properties.

Each of our Support Grant recipients have have a demonstrated their ability to plan and implement conservation activities that help conserve our precious natural resources. The District is pleased to partner with these organizations by participating in joint projects and by providing funding to support the councils and their work.

When our partners are successful, we are also more successful!

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Clackamas SWCD