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Calapooia Watershed Council

Location: 
The Calapooia River begins in the western Cascade Mountains and joins the mainstem Willamette at the city of Albany.
Contact Name: 
Bessie Joyce, Executive Director

The Calapooia Watershed Council is a non-profit community organization that promotes voluntary actions to improve the health of the Calapooia River watershed. The primary goals of the CWC are to share information, provide a forum for better coordination throughout the watershed, and manage stream and river restoration projects in its service area, the 234,000-acre Calapooia River drainage.

Through the Model Watershed Program, WRI provides an annual capacity grant to the CWC to implement on-the-ground projects in target sub-watersheds: Courtney Creek and the middle reach of the Calapooia River. The CWC is also the recipient of a WRI Mainstem grant for work in the Albany reach of the Willamette, including Cox Creek confluence area and several adjacent oxbow lakes, Lower Calapooia, and Thornton Lakes.

View the Freshwaters Illustrated video Freeing the Calapooia »