Klamath Watershed Partnership Mission
To conserve, enhance and restore the natural resources of the Klamath Basin, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the regional economy and local communities.
Who is the Klamath Watershed Partnership?
The Partnership is a community-based organization that provides watershed education and restoration in the Upper Klamath Basin. A diverse Board of Directors includes members of the Tribal, agricultural and conservation communities, as well as representatives of eight local working groups. Together they help direct the activities of the Partnership in ways that sustain, not only the ecosystem, but also local economies.
The Partnership is involved from start to finish in a wide range of large and small voluntary restoration projects throughout the Basin. The project begins when a landowner contacts the Partnership with an interest in restoration work, such as riparian fencing to help reduce stream bank erosion, screening diversions, or a new irrigation system that uses water and power more efficiently. Staff from the Partnership then works closely with them to design a project that fits with their values and also pencils out economically for them. Learn More>
Evaluating Stream Restoration Projects in the
Sprague River Basin
The primary purposes of this project is to synthesize, evaluate, and refind basin-wide goals, classiry completed projects, and select specific projects for a detailed evaluation. The detailed evaluations of the selected projects addresses two questions about stream restoration projects in the Sprague River Basin:
1) Are stream restoration proejcts in the basin meeting their success criteria?
2) Are stream restoration projects in the basin collectively supporting achievement of basin-wide stream restoration goals?
This report is the result of the coordinaed efforts of a large team committed to improving stream restoration practicies in the Upper Klamath Basin:
Click here to read the report
The Network of Oregon Watershed Councils, in partnership with Oregon Sea Grant Extension and other council partners, will be sponsoring the second annual Youth Watershed Summit (YWS), at the Silver Falls State Park from Sunday, August 25, to Wednesday, August 28, 2013. The event is three days of leadership development, hiking, community service and lots of fun! The Summit is intended for students entering grades 10 through 12 who are actively engaged with their local watershed council, or who demonstrate a desire to become involved.
If you would like additional information about the Summit visit:
http://oregonwatersheds.org/programs/youth-watershed-summit>. If you are interested in being a part of the Summit contact the Klamath Watershed Partnership and you will be considered for payment of the $50 registration fee. Tthe Klamath Watershed Partnership will sponsor two (2) participants to the Summit.
Geomorphology and Flood-Plain Vegetation of the Sprague and Lower Sycan Rivers,
Klamath Basin, Oregon
By Jim E. O’Connor, Patricia F. McDowell, Pollyanna Lind, Christine G. Rasmussen, and Mackenzie K. Keith
The Sprague River basin encompasses 4,167 square kilometers (km2) of south-central Oregon and is a principal tributary (via the Williamson River) of Upper Klamath Lake. The main-stem Sprague River, as well as the lower reaches of the North Fork Sprague River, the South Fork Sprague River, and the Sycan River, meander through broad alluvial valleys historically supporting agriculture and livestock grazing. National and regional interest in restoring Klamath Basin ecosystem conditions and processes has motivated several restoration strategies and projects in the Sprague River basin to improve aquatic, riparian, and upland habitat conditions, particularly for endangered fish species (National Research Council, 2004).
The above mentioned study, jointly conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and University of Oregon and in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Klamath Basin Ecosystem Restoration Office and the Hatfield Restoration Program, had the goal of helping management and regulatory agencies evaluate restoration proposals and to guide effective restoration and monitoring strategies for the Sprague River and its principal tributaries by summarizing overall the geomorphic setting and historical and current channel and flood-plain processes and conditions.
This report summarizes all aspects of the study. Click here to read the report.