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Watershed Health

Watershed Health

Watch videos about protecting watershed health!

What is a Watershed? A watershed is the area of land where all of the water that is above or below ground drains or flows into the same place.

"...that area of land, a bounded hydrologic system, within which all living things are inextricably linked by their common water course and where, as humans settled, simple logic demanded that they become part of a community." (John Wesley Powell, Environmental Protection Agency Website)

On behalf of Clackamas County Service District No. 1 (CCSD #1), Water Environment Services provides surface water management services, focused on protecting public health, water quality and watershed health within the District.

CCSD #1 has shifted from a utility-based management approach to a watershed health management strategy by expanding surface water maintenance practices, improving system management efficiency, and promoting watershed health stewardship.

Beginning in 2010, Water Environment Services began implementing Watershed Action Plans for the Kellogg/Mt. Scott and Rock Creek basins. With the help of Stakeholder committees in each basin, priorities were established that will help the District identify high priority projects aimed at wisely directing program investments.

Watershed priorities are focused on improvements in the following four areas:

  • Hydrology – managing stormwater runoff in a manner that minimizes flooding and stream channel degradation
  • Water Quality – reducing in-stream contamination
  • Habitat – promoting the function and/or restoration of functioning and healthy streams and riparian areas
  • Biological – maintaining viable conditions for aquatic insect and diverse fish and wildlife populations

Watch the videos below to find out about the Watershed Health Education Program and the Clackamas Water Education Team:

Watershed Health Education Program - RiverHealth 2014 from on Vimeo.

Watershed Health Education Program 2012 (12:29 min)
CWET Water Celebration 2013 (13:14 min)
CWET Teacher Workshop 2013 (22:47 min)
Celebrate Water! 2011 (9:45 min)

Please click on a project listed below:

Detention Pond Retrofit
In-stream/Riparian Restoration

2011 Macroinvertebrate/Geomorphic Survey Results
CCSD #1 Assessment of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities and Geomorphic Conditions
SWMACC Assessment of Benthic Macroinvertebrate Communities and Geomorphic Conditions

Watershed Health - Smart Gardening
Watershed Health - Invasive Species
Illicit Discharge Detection & Elimination - a grate concern

How You Can Help
Regional Coalition for Clean Rivers and Streams

Kellogg/Mt. Scott Map
Rock Creek Map
Rock Creek Watershed Action Plan
Kellogg/Mt. Scott Watershed Action Plan
Watershed Health Education Program Curriculum
"Think Smart About Pesticides" by Clackamas River Water Providers
"Integrated Pest Management" by Clackamas River Water Providers
Clean Water Tips for Home
Clean Water Tips for Business and Industry

Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit
Annual Reports