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The Dalles Watershed Council
   2325 River Road Suite 3 The Dalles, OR 97058 Phone: (541)296-6178 x102 Watershed Coordinator Abbie Forrest abigail.forrest@or.nacdnet.net
Meetings are held quarterly on the 2nd Wednesday of the Month.
Next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday
January 9th, 2019
@ the USDA Service Center Conference Room
The Dalles WC Action Plan
2017 - 2018 Meeting Minutes
The Dalles Watershed area is 82,406 acres, or 129 square miles. The Dalles Watershed is oriented in a southwest to northeast direction in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range and on the western edge of the Columbia Plateau.

 The Dalles Watershed is comprised of five sub-watersheds: Rowena/Hidden Valley, Chenowith/Brown’s Creek, Mill Creek, Dry Hollow, and Three Mile. All of the sub-watersheds drain in a southwest to northeast direction. The watershed is bounded by the Columbia River on the north, Mosier Creek Watershed and the Hood River basin on the west and Fifteenmile Watershed to the south and east. The elevation ranges from 4900 feet at the headwaters of Mill Creek, to 98 feet at the Columbia River. The watershed includes the City of The Dalles along the Columbia River.

 The urban area is included in portions of Three Mile, Dry Hollow, Mill Creek, and Chenowith sub-watersheds. The Rowena sub-watershed contains a short drainage west of the community of Rowena that roughly parallels Rowena Creek, but on the eastern side of Rowena Ridge. This drainage flows from the east side of McCall Point, down a steep ravine and empties into a small bay at Mayer State Park on the Columbia River. Other features in the sub-watershed include Foley Lakes, Gooseberry Creek and a number of small wetlands.
Chenowith Creek Focus Area
The Oregon Dept. of Agriculture in partnership with the Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the Watershed Council have selected Chenowith Creek as this years focus area.

The SWCD has reached out to landowners with property along Chenowith Creek who have been identified as having ag or participating in ag related activities along the stream. Landowners have received either a post card or letter that explains the purpose of this program and how to get in contact with the SWCD. If you are a landowner along Chenowith Creek and have areas of concern around your property or are looking for technical or financial assistance, contact Tatiana Taylor or Abbie Forrest at the SWCD.

Focus Area's are identified through the SWCD as potential locations for improvement or areas that have not had a significant amount of restoration work done in recent years.

The goal of the council is to reach out to local landowners, friends and neighbors and have them seek out technical assistance from the SWCD, attend local council meetings for up to date information on watershed happenings, or for financial help in reaching their restoration goals.
Ken Bailey
Steve Byers
Mill Creek E.coli
Project Highlights
For more information on council projects, click the link in the title
Pesticide Stewardship Partnership
ODFW Mill Creek Steelhead Monitoring
The Dalles Watershed Council on behalf of the Wasco County SWCD began testing Mill Creek for E.coli in 2009. E.coli concentrations that summer raised concerns,because the majority of the sampling sites were greater than the water quality standard and could pose a serious health risk to those playing in the creek. In response to finding high levels of E.coli, the Council has expanded the water sampling project in an effort to identify sources of fecal contamination. Concerned landowners, volunteers, and the City of the Dalles have been helping the Council determine possible sources of E.coli.

Since the start of the E.coli monitoring efforts, over 40 locations have been sampled. The infamous "Mystery Pipe' was finally located and the problem resolved which resulted in a tremendous decline of contamination but didn't completely rid Mill Creek of the problem.

Recent efforts have been focused on Ag lands, and tributaries that have had consistently high concentrations of contamination.
Click on REPORT for the most recent Mill Creek E.coli Summary Report or view past presentations in the column to the left.
The Pesticide Stewardship Partnership has been a program The Dalles and Fifteenmile Watershed Councils have both participated in since its start in 2010.

The goal of the PSP Program is to: monitor for current use pesticides in surface waters from drift and runoff; Identify streams with elevated pesticide concentrations or one that has high numbers of detections; Collaborate to implement voluntary management practices; and Follow up monitoring to determine improvements over time.

There are 9 partnerships in Oregon Watershed and The Dalles has three monitoring locations; Two on Mill Creek and one on Threemile Creek. As a result of this program through education and outreach, tours and field days The Dalles Watershed has been a success story for the PSP program. Over the last eight years there has been consistent declines in number of detections and concentrations.

For more information or to review previous studies, select any of the dates to the right of the PSP tab in the column to the left.
May 2017
October 2017
January 2018
April 2018
February 2017
Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Lamprey Monitoring
Mill Creek