The middle reach of the Calapooia River is a dynamic river corridor identified for protection and restoration for native salmonids. The Calapooia Watershed Council is focusing restoration on the Courtney/Spoon Creek subwatershed and an 8-mile reach of the Calapooia River mainstem. The Courtney/Spoon Creek subwatershed contains high priority wetlands that provide habitat for species in decline and it has limited riparian cover along its perennial streams.
Within the scope of its Model Watershed partnership, the Long Tom Watershed Council focuses on three subwatersheds: Coyote, Bear and Ferguson Creeks. The watershed landscape is dominated by historic oak savanna and prairie habitat, with the headwaters draining from the eastern foothills of the Coast range. Each creek in the Long Tom is water quality limited for temperature and dissolved oxygen, and has/had significant fish passage challenges. Even with these limitations, the systems have thankfully still managed to support native cutthroat trout populations.
Within the scope of its Model Watershed partnership, the Luckiamute Watershed Council focuses on the Upper Luckiamute River and its tributaries. This area, known as Kings Valley, has a long history of logging in the headwaters and agricultural use on the valley floor.
The Marys River Watershed Council focuses its restoration efforts for the model watershed program in the tributaries draining off Marys Peak including: Shotpouch Creek/Tum Tum River, Woods Creek, Greasy Creek and Beaver Creek. These creeks are home to native cutthroat tout, the unique sand roller and a growing abundance of beaver in mid-valley stream locations.
The Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council focuses on two subwatersheds for the Model Watershed Program: Little Fall Creek and Lost Creek. Both subwatersheds sit below the main stem river dams and offer unimpeded access to spawning and rearing habitat for spring Chinook, winter steelhead, and other native fishes.
The North Santiam Watershed Council has focused its restoration efforts on three subwatersheds: Bear Branch Creek, Stout Creek and Valentine Creek. As tributaries to the North Santiam River located below the River’s mainstem dams, these streams offer critical refugia for ESA-listed salmonids. The streams, however, exceed summer water temperature standards and lack the habitat complexity needed to fully benefit salmon and trout.
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The South Santiam Watershed Council focuses its restoration efforts on two subwatersheds: Hamilton and McDowell Creeks. These streams are listed as essential salmonid habitat and exceed water temperature standards. Many reaches are degraded due to livestock or agricultural practices, but interested landowners have stepped forward to enroll in the USDA Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) to facilitate weed removal, livestock exclusion fencing, and native plantings.