57420-2 Old Portland Road
Warren, Oregon 97053
Working toward healthy communities and creeks from headwaters to the bay.
Share the Vision:
A healthy, vibrant watershed filled with native fish, wildlife and plants.
A community dedicated to the current and future health of the watershed.
A watershed where people can enjoy nature.
Scappoose Bay is home to one of the last functioning, tidally influenced bays remaining in the United States. It has not been diked and filled in. This area is rich with Oregon ash and black cottonwood forests, along with wetlands full of wapato and bulrush. It’s a safe haven for juvenile salmonids seeking refuge from strong river currents and there is plenty of food to feast on before migrating to the ocean. Tundra swans and Canada geese also over-winter here. Located along the Pacific Flyway, it is the summer home to many neo-tropical birds.
Educating. The Scappoose Bay Watershed Council educates, advises and assists landowners in the watershed to improve the quality of our community's creeks and natural areas. We have actively involved over 2,500 local students and volunteers in our Water Quality Monitoring, Macro-invertebrate Monitoring, Native Plant Nursery and Salmon Habitat Assessment programs. These programs help to foster an appreciation for our natural resources while promoting stewardship and gaining hands-on experience. We are always looking for volunteers!
Restoring. Natural environmental processes and community development affect the water in our watershed. Our stream and wetland restoration projects are helping to improve watershed health, functions and uses. Our Barrier Removal program has opened up 40 fish barriers and 55 miles of salmon spawning streams through culvert removal and replacement. Our Weed Management program has helped to control weeds along 20 miles of creeks. With the help of many volunteers we have planted over 20,000 trees and shrubs to help enhance wildlife habitat and preserve the health of local creeks.
Preserving. The Council’s mission is to restore and preserve habitat for people and a wide variety of fish and wildlife. Numerous migratory birds, including eagles, ospreys and herons can be found in the watershed. Four species of salmon swim and spawn in our waterways. The watershed offers many recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, hunting, hiking and bird watching.