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Sherman County Watershed Council
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About Sherman County Watershed Council
Background of the Watershed

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’s 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 and provide information on similar efforts







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