Elk Creek Watershed Council, Umpqua Basin, Oregon

The Elk Creek Watershed Council

A watershed council is a community-based, voluntary, non-regulatory group that meets regularly in their local communities to assess conditions in a given watershed (usually a river or creek and the lands that drain into them) and to conduct projects to restore or enhance the waters and lands for fish and native plants in their areas.


Board of Directors meetings are at 7:00 PM on the third Tuesday of the month at the
Sunnydale Grange, 5040 State Highway 38, Drain, Oregon
All are welcome. Bring your mask.

Lee Russell
Executive Director
P.O. Box 676, Yoncalla, Oregon 97499

Board Members

James Mast (Chair), Joe Coons (Vice Chair), Cindy Johnsrud (Treasurer), Kittie Coons (Secretary), Marvin Akins, Harold Burris, Brad Chapman, John Kittelman, Rick Reinhart, Bob Rundell, Gene Zuiches, Susan Applegate (Alternate), Linda Galetti (Alternate)

Our Mission

The Elk Creek Watershed Council works with landowners and partners in the Umpqua Basin of Oregon to improve fish habitat and water quality in our watershed.

Our Primary Purposes

  • Prepare and implement a watershed action program for the Elk Creek watershed.
  • Improve environmental integrity and economic stability in the Elk Creek watershed.
  • Foster community understanding and appreciation of watershed processes.
  • Develop, implement, and monitor practices beneficial to the watershed health, recognizing that human and livestock use is an important part of the equation.

Our Goals

  • Provide public participation in the implementation of the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds.
  • Encourage landowners to recognize and accept responsibility for that portion of the watershed under their stewardship and to take voluntary action in the interest of the watershed.
  • Foster public awareness of watershed processes, activities, and opportunities to take responsibility for, and contribute positively to, the watershed.
  • Foster scientific understanding through a program of watershed information and activities.
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for watershed information and activities.
  • Operate in a manner which supports economic stability and environmental integrity (using statistically valid sciences) within the Elk Creek watershed.
  • Encourage cities and their residents to recognize and accept responsibility for their individual and collective impacts on the watershed.

Our Principles

  • It is possible to achieve both economic stability and environmental integrity within the Elk Creek watershed and Douglas County using statistically valid sciences.
  • The natural product and process of the watershed are indicators of watershed health and are important to the economy and vitality of communities.
  • The actions of persons residing or working within Douglas County can affect the stability of the watershed and related economy (livestock, logging, farming, etc.).
  • Land management and other human activities have a legitimate place in the watershed.
  • Coordinated planning and action for watershed health are important, and are most effectively achieved by the persons who reside and work within the watershed.
  • Watershed-scale perspective improves the ability of persons to sustain the health of the watershed and related economic activities.
  • Fish are important to the economic, recreational, ecological, and cultural values of persons and communities within the watershed.
  • This council shall respect private property rights during the implementation of projects designed to improve watershed productivity and health. This council will participate in a project only with the voluntary cooperation of the owner of the land on which the project is located.
  • This council shall have no regulatory authority over any private property or publicly owned or managed lands.

Organizational Documents


Policies and Procedures

Annual Reports

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Meeting Minutes