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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:

  • Extensive riparian fencing and planting (over 100,000 trees planted in the last 10 years)
  • Adding large wood to streams (over 800 whole trees in recent years)
  • Road improvements to reduce excess sediment into streams.
  • Addressing fish passage projects (over 50 culverts replaced by bridges or upgraded).
  • And more.

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:

  • Helping blueberry growers improve irrigation efficiencies
  • Aiding cranberry growers in implementing BMP’s – and finding new, better –paying markets for their berries (including Asia)
  • Sponsoring a local “Foodsheds” program.
  • Constructing 7 bioswales county-wide to capture run-off and improve water quality.
  • Helping sponsor interpretive signs at the New River Learning Center south of Bandon
  • Aiding landowners throughout the county with watershed permits and projects.


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.

Please follow the links below to find more information....

Assessments and Actions Plans for all Watersheds

Mission & Bylaws are currently being re-worked. Stay tuned for an update.