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>


2013 Klamath Watershed Annual Report>
2012 Klamath Watershed Annual Report>


Related Reports and Findings:

Geomorphology and Flood-Plain Vegetation of the Sprague and Lower Sycan Rivers,
Klamath Basin, Oregon
This report summarizes all aspects of the study. Click here to read the report.

Restoration of Dry Forests in Eastern Oregon:
A Field Guide
To download a copy of the field guide visit:

Evaluating Stream Restoration Projects in the
Sprague River Basin
Click here to read the report

Stretching Water in the Sprague River Valley
By: Dani Watson

Click here to read the report

Proposed Upper Klamath Basin Comphrehensive Agreement
Visit to read the agreement.


Want to Help the Klamath Watershed Partnership earn donations!

You can help the Klamath Watershed Partnership earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card! Fred Meyer is donating $2.5 million per year to non-profits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington, based on where their customers tell them to give. Here's how the program works:

- Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to the Klamath Watershed Partnership at You can search for us by our name or by non-profit number 82253
- Then, everytime you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping the Klamath Watershed Partnership earn a donation!
- You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
- If you do not have a Reqards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk at any Fred Meyer store.
- For more information, please visit

Thank you from the Klamath Watershed Partnership



If you are in need of tree protectors for your small tree saplings, please contact the Klamath Watershed Partnership at, and we can make arrangements for pickup.

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How To Connect Children with Basin Birds and Their Habitats – A Field Experience

Tuesday, November 4th  3-7pm OR Sunday, November 9th  1-4:30pm

Klamath County Library, 126 S. Third Street, Klamath Falls, OR

Registration is open for a free field experience with naturalist Ellen Miniechello that is designed to empower any adult to feel confident taking children outdoors on several local trails to safely observe wildlife. Participants can attend either Tuesday, November 4th from 3-7pm or Sunday, November 9th from 1-4:30pm. Scout and youth leaders, public school teachers, home school teachers, community staff and volunteers as well as parents and grandparents are welcome to register. Space is limited. Pre-register by calling (541)882-8894 or stopping by the Reference and Information Desk at the downtown library.

Participants will learn to use binoculars and gain knowledge of the basics of bird anatomy, behavior and identify at least ten common birds. They will connect with resources and share ideas with peers. This hands-on workshop is for adults who want to support many learning styles and teach how birds are a gateway for further learning in English Language Arts, Math, Career-Related Learning, Technology, Social Studies, Science, Art, and Physical Education.

Some binoculars will be available for use at the workshop, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own if possible. A water bottle, long pants and long sleeves, layered clothing for predicted weather, a hat and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. The field experience will begin and end at the library but will take participants to several outdoor locations including Putnam’s Point and Moore Park. Carpools will be arranged to the outdoor locations.

Ellen Minichiello, from the Klamath Watershed Partnership and a Great Outdoors Alliance Educator is an enthusiastic life learner. A native of the Bay State of Massachusetts, she began her career in 1998 as an outdoor educator for the state of Massachusetts Audubon Society.  She continues to work summers for Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary on Cape Cod and enjoys spending time outdoors with people of all ages.

This learning experience is sponsored by the Gray Family Foundation in collaboration with The Great Outdoors Alliance, comprised of the Fremont-Winema National Forest, Klamath Watershed Partnership, Klamath Basin Audubon Society, Klamath Lake Land Trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and City of Klamath Falls Park Department.

If you have any questions, please contact Adult and Community Services Librarian Charla Oppenlander at 541-882-8894 ext. 10 or


Klamath Watershed Partnership Hires New Executive Director

Bill Lehman has been hired as the new Executive Director for the Klamath Watershed Partneship. Bill received a BS in Wildlife Management and Research from Oklahoma State University.  Upon graduation he started work as a field biologist in the desert southwest conducting migratory bird abundance studies along the US/Mexico border.  Eventuallyhe gained experience working with endangered bird species in the Lower Colorado River Basin.  Moving to the Klamath Basin 10 years ago he started work with the US Geological Survey conducting fisheries surveys and water quality monitoring.  Most recently Bill managed a laboratory for the Research and Development department at Jeld-Wen. 

Bill looks forward to leading the positive mission of the Klamath Watershed Partnership.  Please feel free to contact Bill at or 541-850-1717.