Actions for a Healthy Watershed
MFWW 10-year Headwaters to Confluence Action Plan
The Middle Fork Willamette Watershed is approximately 865,920 acres, beginning at the foothills of the western Cascade range. It includes pristine Waldo Lake and the northern section of the Diamond Peak wilderness area. The watershed is comprised of diverse geologic types that provide the foundation of the basin. Ecologically speaking, it influences the dynamics of the ecosystem, whether related to river and groundwater networks, plants species, runoff and sedimentation, development, and or presence of wildlife and aquatic species. Planning the enhancement or conservation of these environments is a complex task that must take into consideration the interconnectedness of natural and human activity.
The MFWWC is working with stakeholders to establish a 10-year action plan that takes into account the ecological, social and economic needs of the watershed. Agency specialists and interest groups who work and conduct research in the watershed are involved in the development of a planning effort to identify the assets, challenges and opportunities for enhancing ecological conditions from the headwaters to the confluence of the basin. Landowners and residents will provide information on the social, economic and ecological conditions, challenges and opportunities in the watershed.
After securing grant the project got underway in October 2008 with the first of several workshops. During the first workshop, we defined the mission and goals of the planning effort, identified important information and data gaps for watershed synthesis report and project/subwatershed prioritizations, and workshop participants agreed in principle to a general structure for the action plan that seeks to develop long term objectives and specific actions to meet the MFWWC’ vision statement. The second workshop took place in December 2008 and we made good progress toward assessing the characteristics, challenges and opportunities for each subwatershed. The third workshop was concentrated on prioritizing the projects identified in the previous workshop. The final workshops will work with landowners and residents to learn about the historic and current conditions in the watershed, to present the outcome of the planning effort. Information from specialists and landowners will be summarized to complete the 10-year MFWW Headwaters to Confluence Action Plan.
The first version of the action plan focusing on the ecological needs of the watershed is available here. Analysis of the social and economic needs of the watershed is underway. The entire document will be open for public review upon completion of the social and economic analysis process.
In 2002, the Council used the results of its first watershed assessment to develop a five-year action plan for habitat restoration/protection, water quality, and education. Several Council members, landowners, and agency representatives worked together to develop the plan. The plan was designed to guide the Council's direction for the next five years. However, it was also intended to be "living document" that the Council evaluates and revises on a yearly basis. You can view it in Abode pdf format here.