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Watershed Health & Watershed Action Planning

Watershed Wide Event

We've transitioned our stormwater management program from a regulatory-driven approach to stormwater management. Our focus is on improving overall watershed health. This integrated approach is focused on four main components:

Watershed Action Plans

We initiated Watershed Action Plans in the Kellogg/Mt. Scott and Rock Creek basins. The goal of these plans is to develop basin-specific strategies for watershed management.

Watershed Stewardship Grants Help Business

RiverHealth Stewardship Program

The RiverHealth Stewardship Program offers grants to support community groups, businesses, and property owners who want to improve the health of watersheds within the surface water areas served by Water Environment Services. See the Grant application and guide for forms and program details, including eligibility and project ideas. For questions, contact Gail Shaloum at 503-742-4597 or Applications are due by 4 p.m. on Monday, April 30, 2018.

Promoting Watershed Health at Oregon Trail Elementary School

Outreach and education


We conduct a long-term monitoring program to evaluate stream health in its surface water areas. The comprehensive monitoring program began in 2009, although we've sampled macroinvertebrates since 2002.

Geomorphic monitoring reveals the impacts associated with hydromodification, or the change in stream habitat caused by urban runoff. Macroinvertebrate monitoring indicates the impacts on ecological systems. This information is useful for the prioritization of stream restoration projects and watershed management efforts.

Stream gauges provide a clearer understanding and real-time look at what is happening hydrologically in our watershed. Our newest rain gauge on Kellogg Creek is equipped with an air temperature sensor and a geostationary (GOES) antenna that transmits data such as stream flow stage updates every 15 minutes.

Stream Hydrologic data monitoring

Macroinvertebrate/Geomorphic survey results

US Geological Survey monitoring

For more information please contact Leah Johanson at 503-742-4620.

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Water Environment Services

Development Services Building

Water Environment Services

Phone number 503-742-4567
Address 150 Beavercreek Road
Oregon City, OR 97045
Hours Monday to Thursday
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

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