Sherman County Area Watershed Council
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About the Sherman County Area Watershed Council

In 2008 the various watershed councils of Sherman County consolidated to make one watershed council, the Sherman County Area Watershed Council. Existing watershed councils that combined to form this council are, North Sherman County Watershed Council, Grass Valley Canyon Watershed Council, South Sherman County Watershed Council, and Pine Hollow/Jackknife Watershed Council. The new Sherman County Area Watershed Council will serve as an “umbrella council” to help address watershed management issues in the existing Sherman County watersheds and will be the leading organization for habitat protection and watershed restoration.

Watershed Council Goals

The Council will work to reduce soil erosion and flood damage and to improve water quality in the area’s streams. The Council will further work to improve upland range condition for the benefit of both wildlife and livestock. 

Short-term Goals
Identify and address key resource concerns within the watershed
Monitor and evaluate watershed conditions
Coordinate activities with government agencies and other organizations
Track watershed projects and activities and report progress to the Council, landowners, other stakeholders, and public
Promote public awareness about watershed science and key resource issues

Long-term Goals
Improve spawning and rearing habitat for steelhead and native fish
Where technically feasible, alter the hydrologic curve of the watershed to discourage catastrophic flooding and the damage which it can cause
Reduce soil erosion throughout the watershed
Mitigate the effect of human activities and farming on water quality in the Columbia River, Deschutes River, John Day River and their tributaries
Encourage experimentation with new weed control and reduced tillage techniques
Improve range quality for domestic livestock and upland wildlife
Reduce acreage left bare of stubble during winter and early spring
Ensure economic viability of farms and ranches
Monitor effects of actions