The MidCoast Watersheds Council is a local non-profit organization dedicated to improving the health of streams and watersheds of Oregon’s central coast so they produce clean water, rebuild healthy salmon populations, and support a healthy ecosystem and economy. The Council works in an area of nearly one million acres, including all streams draining from the crest of the Coast Range to the Pacific, from the Salmon River at Cascade Head to Cape Creek at Heceta Head.
This area includes the watersheds of the Salmon, Siletz, Yaquina, Alsea, and Yachats rivers, and more than 28 smaller ocean tributaries.
We are governed by a board of directors and officers. Decisions are made by consensus of the board of our regular monthly meetings. The Public is welcome to attend these meetings, held at 6:30 pm the first Thursday of each month at the handicap accessible Central Lincoln Public Utility District meeting room in Newport.
The MidCoast Watersheds Council also has two standing committees open to public attendance: the Administrative Council Committee and the Technical Committee.
The administrative committee keeps on top of finances of the organization, supervises staff, helps organize fund raising events, annual reports, and outreach activities. The technical team helps with assessments and prioritization, techinecal policy issues, reviews and works to constructively improve grant proposals.
Where We Work:
The MidCoast Watershed Council covers approximately 1450 square miles (928,000 acres) and can be divided into has 217 watersheds of approximately 4300 acres each. We have prioritized work in these “ 6th field watersheds” , emphasizing improving conditions for fish, wildlife and people.
A “watershed” is another name for a drainage basin or catchment area. It is an area of land from which rain or melting snow all drains from ridgetops to a single point such as a river or estuary. Precipitation and runoff make their ways from the higher elevations of the basin to lower points, as small tributaries flow into larger creeks and eventually into rivers, bays or directly into the ocean.
Read about our progress on providing a public forum for discussion and education of regional watershed issues, assessing the conditions of MidCoast watersheds, and promoting the protection and restoration of healthy fish and wildlife resources, water quality, and overall watershed health.