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White River 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 in the Spring and Fall
Next meeting is scheduled for
early 2019 at the Wamic Community Center following the SWCD Neighborhood Meetings
White River WC Action Plan
Meeting Minutes
The White River Watershed is located on the east slope and in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Range. The area considered by this report includes the White River Watershed proper, including its principal tributaries, Tygh Creek, Badger Creek, Three Mile Creek, and Jordan Creek, as well as Wapinitia Creek watershed, Nena Creek watershed, and other areas draining to the Deschutes River from the west.

The total drainage area is 350,199 acres, or approximately 547 square miles. White River originates within the Mount Hood National Forest on the southeastern slope of Mount Hood (highest point in Watershed, 11,291 feet). White River flows southeast then curves to the northeast before entering the Deschutes River. White River enters the Deschutes River just upstream from Sherar’s Falls at River Mile (RM) 47.5. The elevation at the mouth of White River is 789 feet.
Resource Conservation Partnership Program
The White River Watershed was awarded RCPP funding and is the first year that NRCS has awarded funding under RCPP. In Oregon, NRCS is investing $20.8 million over the next five years for six projects. Partnering agencies are providing an additional $23 million, resulting in a combined total investment of $45 million.

The first deadline for eligible landowners within the six project areas to request financial and technical assistance was June 19, 2015. Subsequent application dates may follow based on landowner response. NRCS funding will be used to implement a variety of conservation practices on private lands, including oak restoration, juniper removal, and irrigation efficiency projects. White River Irrigation Efficiency and Stream Flow Restoration Project
NRCS 5-Year Investment: $1.6 million, Partner 5-Year Investment: $2 million
Location: Wasco County.
Lead partner: Wasco County Soil and Water Conservation District

This project will remove six fish passage barriers to increase fish habitat access. It will also improve irrigation efficiency to save 7,300 acre feet of water annually and restore flows in 21.9 miles of stream. Identified activities will incrase water quality, improve irrigation efficiency, and improve fish habitat in this critical area.

Eligible projects includes Aquatic Organism Passage, Irrigation Pipelines, Irrigation System Sprinkler Upgrades, Irrigation Water Management, Well Water, and Pumping Plants.
Pat Davis
The Wasco County Forest Collaborative Group consists of local stakeholders and environmental groups who are interested in healthy forest ecosystems, economic vitality and quality of life in the wildland urban interface with Wasco County. Local representatives include watershed council members, irrigators, Wasco County landowners, members of the United States Forest Service, Wasco County SWCD, Wasco County Commissioners, Oregon Dept. of Forestry, and many others.

The main purpose of the Forest Collaborative is to provide the USFS with proposals for management of the National Forest lands, specifically in the Mount Hood National Forest, and support the utilization of forest resources and related opportunities to strengthen local communities.

Barlow District Ranger Kameron Sam recently attended a White River meeting and provided an update to the council on the progress being made. See September 2018 meeting minute link for details.
Meeting Presentations
Project Highlights
Wasco County Forest Collaborative Group
For more information on council projects, click the link in the title
White River Watershed Assessment
October 2014
February 2016
June 2014
February 2015
October 2015