Our Partners & Advisors

Jurisdictional Partners

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council actively works with community groups, local and federal governments, schools, businesses, other nonprofits, and various individuals throughout the year who help us serve our mission.

What is a jurisdictional partner?

The Johnson Creek Watershed includes parts of two counties (Clackamas and Multnomah) and four cities (Gresham, Happy Valley, Milwaukie, and Portland). Jurisdictional representatives are jurisdictional staff members voluntarily assigned by their respective jurisdictions to the JCWC board of directors in an ex-officio (non voting) capacity. The intent of having jurisdictional representatives serve on the JCWC board is to ensure successful communication and close coordination between the Watershed Council and the watershed jurisdictions with whom we work closely and cooperatively. Though non-voting board members, jurisdictional representatives advise and make recommendations to the board.

Advisory Circle

The Johnson Creek Watershed Council Advisory Circle is a group of regional community leaders with diverse experience, expertise, and affiliations, which they use to advance the Council’s mission, goals, and values.

  • Bill Bakke, President, Native Fish Society
  • Earl Blumenauer, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Mike Houck, Executive Director Emeritus, Urban Greenspaces Institute
  • Teresa Huntsinger, Engineer, OTAK
  • Steve Johnson, Professor, Portland State University
  • Gary Klein, Wells Fargo (retired)
  • Walt Mintkeski, Environmental and Energy Efficiency Engineer
  • Bob Sanders, Attorney (retired), Wood and Tatum
  • Richard Schubert, Chemist (retired)

The Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board is a 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. A portion of our funding comes from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board.

The Clackamas Partnership

Historically, the Willamette River and its tributaries in the Portland metropolitan region supported some of the most productive fish populations in the Columbia River Basin. Since then, fish populations in the area have diminished – some to the point of being listed under the federal Endangered Species Act – but the watershed still supports regionally significant fish runs.

In 2015, Johnson Creek Watershed Council joined with 14 organizations, including 3 watershed councils, 1 tribal nation, 9 public agencies, and 1 public utility, to share resources and collaboratively engage in restoration projects, funding efforts, monitoring, and community outreach in order to improve river and stream habitat and the environment that sustains native fish populations in the Clackamas, Abernethy, and Johnson Creek watersheds.

Guided by a comprehensive Strategic Restoration Action Plan, the Partnerhip is accelerating the restoriation of stream, river, riparian, and floodplain habitats that provide the largest ecological benefits to fish and wildlife. In 2019, OWEB awarded an $8.8 million, six-year grant to the Clackamas Partnership for native fish restoration. Recently, the Partnership was awarded a $3.8 million grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for 10 restoration projects that will improve habitat for salmon, steelhead, and lamprey.


Clackamas County Water Environment Services
Clackamas River Basin Council
Clackamas River Water Providers
Clackamas Soil and Water Conservation District
Greater Oregon City Watershed Council
Johnson Creek Watershed Council

Mt. Hood National Forest, Clackamas Ranger District
North Clackamas Parks and Recreation
North Clackamas Watershed Council
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Oregon Department of Environmental Quality
Oregon Parks and Recreation Department
Portland General Electric

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