Necanicum Watershed Council

PO Box 474

Seaside, OR 97138

T: 503-717-1458

E: necanicumwatershed@gmail.com

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The Goals of the Council include:

 

  1. Inspire citizens to contribute to the watershed, and/or to feel a sense of ownership

  2. Involve younger generations and strive to engage local students

  3. Encourage good and proper stewardship

  4. Build strong community relationships

  5. Offer opportunities to connect with and enjoy the watershed (increase public engagement)

  6. Perform actions that provide the greatest benefit for the most species

  7. Strive to increase biodiversity

  8. Help to provide a healthy and productive ecosystem for all that use the watershed, including salmon, animals, and people that use the watershed

  9. Provide a sustainable watershed as well as water source

  10. Maintain healthy connections/ecosystem webs

  11. Create/maintain/restore healthy communities of and for people/plants and wildlife

  12. Restore the watershed to the best we can

 

To achieve these goals the Council developed preliminary Action Items.

 

Action Items to Meet Council Goals and Objectives

 

The preliminary Action Items identified by the NWC:

  • Action #1:  Enhance Fish Passage & Habitat

  • Action #2:  Enhance Riparian Corridors

  • Action #3:  Enhance Estuary and Wetland Habitat

  • Action #4:  Provide Educational Opportunities to the Community

  • Action #5:  Maintain and Improve Institutional Infrastructures

Action Item Tasks

 

ACTION 1: ENHANCE FISH PASSAGE & HABITAT

  • Work with landowners to identify and prioritize fish passage barriers in the watershed using watershed assessments & other available documents.

  • Remove fish passage barriers for all life history stages of anadromous fish.

 

ACTION 2: ENHANCE RIPARIAN CORRIDORS

  • Identify priority riparian restoration opportunities based on watershed assessments & other available documents.

  • Improve in-stream habitat for aquatic organisms with large wood placement to accrete spawning gravels, restore habitat complexity, and re-connect the stream channel with its flood plain.

  • Improve water quality by enhancing native riparian vegetation.

  • Assist landowners in identifying where enhanced riparian buffers would improve ecosystem sustainability, and cooperate with them to develop and implement native vegetation planting and release projects at these sites.

 

ACTION 3: ENHANCE ESTUARY & WETLAND HABITAT

  • Identify priority restoration opportunities based on watershed assessments & other available documents.

  • Increase over-winter habitat by creating or enhancing off-channel wetland habitat.

  • Assist and work with landowners and businesses in identifying where enhancement projects would improve wetland and estuary sustainability, and cooperate to develop and implement appropriate projects at these sites.

 

ACTION 4: PROVIDE EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES TO THE COMMUNITY

  • Secure funding to strengthen outreach to community

  • Give presentations about the Council to local service group meetings.

  • Provide a resource to the community and City of Seaside.

  • Offer educational programs and outreach opportunities for the community, including lecture series, educational events, and hands-on volunteer events.

  • Engage with Seaside School District to enhance classroom learning and promote stewardship.

 

ACTION 5: MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE INSTITUTIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Encourage opportunities for additional training for staff and board members

  • Search for and secure diverse operational funding sources.

  • Develop partnerships with other organizations in the community that support the mission of the Council.

  • Ensure organizational health by transitioning financial grant management to an outside/contracted “Business Manager”.

  • Develop relationships with local media outlets, and submit press releases when appropriate.