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Our Tributary Strategy

We provide long-term support to watershed organizations working to improve habitat, flow, and water quality in key tributaries through the Willamette Model Watershed Program.

The goal of the Model Watershed Program is to quicken the pace and increase the effectiveness of stream restoration efforts and community stewardship in select watersheds. We seek to achieve this goal by:

» Supporting a comprehensive approach to restoration planning, implementation, monitoring, and adaptive management

» Building capacity and providing technical support to participating watershed councils through trainings and peer-to-peer learning

» Setting high expectations for performance

» Providing long term, flexible funding

Between 2008 and 2009, seven watershed councils were chosen to participate in the Willamette Model Watershed Program managed by the Bonneville Environmental Foundation. During the first year of the program, the watershed councils worked with BEF to complete 10-year restoration action plans for 2-3 sub-watersheds within the councils' service areas. The councils and BEF continue to develop shared resources including a regional monitoring strategy, GIS and databases, and consistent contracting for services and supplies in order to support the expansion of restoration and the organizational capacity of individual councils. MMT provides the councils with annual capacity grants while OWEB funds priority restoration projects identified in the 10-year plans.


Program Management and Support: Bonneville Environmental Foundation

Model Watershed Participants: Calapooia Watershed Council | Long Tom Watershed Council | Luckiamute Watershed Council | Marys River Watershed Council | Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council | North Santiam Watershed Council | South Santiam Watershed Council

Initial Program Strategy and Planning: Network of Oregon Watershed Councils

Model Watershed Project List »