Watershed Councils are community organized, voluntary groups that work to protect natural resources and restore or enhance habitat for wildlife and native plants in local watersheds.
We are a community-based organization and 501(c)(3) nonprofit representing a broad range of stakeholders who live, work, and recreate in the Middle Deschutes Watershed.
We are a member of the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils (NOWC) and one of 59 watershed councils in Oregon receiving funding from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board to carry out restoration projects, monitor watershed health, and engage the community.
Where We Work
Middle Deschutes Watershed
The Middle Deschutes Watershed region encompasses the Willow Creek and Trout Creek Watersheds, which were previously represented by separate councils.
Jefferson County covers most of the Willow Creek and Trout Creek Watersheds, but portions of Crook and Wasco Counties are also within our service area. The majority of the area is in private ownership.
The City of Madras is the area’s primary urban center. Other communities include Metolius, Culver, Gateway, Ashwood, and Antelope. The watersheds also include significant areas managed by the federal government, including the Ochoco National Forest, the Crooked River National Grassland (managed by the US Forest Service), and lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).