South Coast Watershed Council
The South Coast Watershed Council serves as the umbrella group for all the smaller watersheds in Curry County – and also coordinates county-wide restoration programs such as tree planting, large wood, etc. We serve the following areas: (north to south) : New River/Floras Creek; Sixes River; Elk River; Port Orford Watersheds; Euchre Creek; Hunter Creek; Pistol River; Chetco River; and Winchuck River. We also coordinate projects with the Lower Rogue Watershed Council. Our goal is to protect the county’s FARMS, FISH, and FORESTS.
What we do: The South Coast Watershed Council writes grants and implements restoration projects on Oregon’s South Coast -- with a goal of improving water quality in the county’s rivers, and rebuilding salmon runs. Our aim is to have the water quality in all 10 of our rivers to be the same -- or better than it is now -- in 10 -15 years (2025). Projects to achieve these goals include:
Harry Hoogesteger is the coordinator for South Coast Watershed Council, and George Fleming of Langlois is Chair.
In addition to fencing, planting, and large wood projects, recent initiatives have included:
Photos: (left) Bioswale planting crew. One of our council’s main goals is involving citizens in community-based restoration. (right) Ford Family foundation bioswale at the Gold Beach visitor center. This bioswale captures and sequesters parking lot run-off before pollution can enter a waterway.
Our mission is to protect and enhance the watersheds of the southern Oregon Coast.
Assessments and Actions Plans for all Watersheds