Restoration Issues Common to all Regions of the State

Fish Passage Barriers. Barriers to fish migration include push-up dams, tidegates, dams, culverts and natural barriers. Push-up dams are a common problem on the east side of the state while culverts and tidegates are the major problem on the west side of the state.
Loss of Riparian Cover. Species native to Oregon's riparian areas do vary across the state, but a common concern is that a reduction in cover contributes to increased water temperatures and increased sediment loads.

High Stream Temperatures. Rising stream temperatures are a concern for multiple reasons including the effects warm water has on endangered salmon and other species.  While the contributing factors vary in different parts of the state, the overall decline in habitat quality due to warm stream temperatures occurs throughout Oregon.

Reduced Stream Complexity. Historical logging methods, other land use practices, and a poor understanding of the need for channel complexity is a legacy not unique to Oregon.  For many years logs and other habitat were being removed from stream for navigability and the impact of these practices remains.
Noxi​ous Weed Species. Invasive weed and animal species are a common threat to watershed conditions across the state though the species of concern in each region varies. 

Watershed Restoration Project Accomplishments - projects completed and reporting in 2010 and 2011

The following table highlights the results over a two-year period of projects implemented and completed with Oregon Plan dollars.
Riparian stream miles treated​ 811
​Roads: miles of road closed and decommissioned 31
​Roads: miles of roads improved 64
Fish Passage: number of road/stream crossings improved​ 152
​Fish Passage: miles of stream made accessible to fish migration 356
​Fish Passage: number of push-up dams retired ​31
​Fish Screens: number of fish screens installed on diversions 124
​Instream projects: miles of stream habitat treated ​202
Uplands acres treated ​173,999
​Wetlands acres treated/created ​4,374
​Total number of stream miles monitored ​7,161
Total number of volunteers ​3,884
​Total number of volunteer hours 70,577

Coordinate Agency Actions

The following links provide access to further details about the other State of Oregon Natural Resource Agencies accomplishments and activities during the 2011-2013 biennium.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

ODFW Salmon and Steelhead Recovery Tracker – provides monitoring data and results for those salmon and steelhead management units which have a conservation or recovery plan in place and funding for a comprehensive monitoring program.

ODFW Native Fish Conservation and Recovery Program – provides links to conservation and recovery plans, plan annual reports, and plan implementation information, as well as other documents associated with native fish conservation and management.

Oregon Department of Forestry

Private Forest Landowners and the Oregon Plan (PDF) - A guide to voluntary actions to assist threatened and endangered fish.

Forests for Oregon  - A magazine of the Oregon Department of Forestry. View online and/or sign up for email subscription.


Oregon Department of Agriculture

Oregon Agricultural Water Quality Report​ (PDF) - Along with Oregon’s Forest Practices Act and other nonpoint source water quality programs, as well as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s permitting programs for point sources, the AgWQMP is a key part of the state’s strategy for improving the condition of our waters. The program also addresses agriculture’s commitments in the Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds. By law, the program is charged to prevent and control water pollution from agricultural lands. It is also a key part of the state’s overall water quality program, ensuring that farmers and ranchers do their part in meeting water quality standards.

Online Data and Tools

​More Watershed Restoration information - Oregon Watershed Restoration Tool (web map)
​See all OWEB Grant Investments - OWEB Investment Tracking Tool (web map)
​See how Funding is distributed throughout Oregon -  2011-2013 Awarded Funding by Basin (web map)

Want to know what legislator represents your local watershed? - Oregon Watershed Councils and Legislative Districts (web map)
​​View Real-time Information about OWEB grants - OWEB Grant Management System (web page)


Restoration data downloads - Oregon Watershed Restoration Inventory (web page)

Online natural resource library - Oregon Explorer (web page)

Accomplishment Highlights - Videos, Region Summaries, and Online Tools  


 Oregon Plan Biennial Report

Click on the statewide map below to view a short video about Oregon's unique regions of the state and to view Oregon Plan Reporting basin descriptions, reports, and restoration issues.
North CoastWillamette BasinCentral OregonMid Columbia BasinEastern Oregon