About Us

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council was established in 1995 by community members committed to restoring Johnson Creek, a vibrant creek with many challenges. Our mission is to promote restoration and stewardship of a healthy Johnson Creek Watershed through sound science and community engagement. Click the images below or scroll down to learn more; you can also contact us here.

Our Team

Meet the staff and board.

News & Reports

Newsletter, Annual Reports, and more.


Read interesting pieces on the watershed.

What is a watershed council?

Watershed Councils are grassroots community groups comprised of citizens who want to help protect, restore and enhance the local watershed where they live, work, and play. They are locally organized, voluntary, non-regulatory organizations, and are intended to be broadly representative of the stakeholders in their respective areas.

The 1995 Oregon legislature passed legislation that provided guidance in establishing watershed councils. According to the state statute, a watershed council is “…a voluntary local organization designated by a local government group convened by a county governing body to address the goal of sustaining natural resource and watershed protection and enhancement within a watershed.”

One of the important points of that definition is that designating a watershed council is a local government decision for which no state approval is required. It is also important to note that, though they are designated by a local government entity, watershed councils are not government entities.

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, although not all Watershed Councils are nonprofit organizations.

A portion of our funding comes from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is a small state agency created by the legislature and funded principally with State Lottery funds and federal Pacific Salmon and Coastal Recovery funds to implement the programs and policies of the Oregon Plan. The Oregon Plan is a comprehensive program for the protection and recovery of species and for the restoration of watersheds throughout this state. The Oregon Plan combines the regulatory and other actions of state and federal agencies and local governments with voluntary restoration by private landowners and others.

To learn more about the other Watershed Councils in Oregon, see the Network of Oregon Watershed Councils.


This website was designed by Bart White, Thanks, Bart!