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Whole Watersheds Restoration Initiative
Overview
In 2005 and early 2006, OWEB developed a partnership with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to complete whole watershed restoration efforts.  The purpose was to identify priority basins and within those basins, identify focus watersheds to complete a series of restoration activities that would address the critical needs in that watershed and allow for natural recovery. 
 
This effort became the Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative (WWRI), a broad-based, landscape-scale, public/private partnership intended to focus restoration on a core set of the Northwest’s most valuable salmonid streams.  This partnership has involved OWEB, USFS, Ecotrust, and numerous local partners.  The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) joined the partnership in 2008 with a $1.2 million three-year grant ($400,000 per year) to Ecotrust, which encouraged the growth of the partnership and community investments. 
 
Funding is allocated through a competitive grant program that is solicited on an annual basis.  This partnership builds relationships across public-private land management boundaries and addresses science based restoration priorities.  The majority of the state funds have been used for restoration on private lands.
 
The program was developed to use the priority basins identified by the Forest Service for aquatic restoration priority (map).  Within each priority basin, focal watersheds were identified and a watershed assessment process was conducted to identify restoration actions that would address watershed restoration needs at the watershed scale.  The concept behind the partnership is that by targeting actions, significant achievements can be made incrementally.  The notion was to complete all the priority actions in a focal watershed and move to another focal watershed within the priority basin.  The Oregon priority basins are listed below with the focus watersheds bulleted under each priority.

Oregon Priority Basins
 
Mid-North Oregon Coast:
        Alsea River
        Nestucca River
South Oregon Coast:
        Steamboat Cr in the North Fork Umpqua River
        Upper South Fork and Jackson Cr of the Umpqua River
        Sucker Cr of the Illinois River
        Applegate River
        South Fork Coquille River
John Day:
        Camp Creek of the Middle Fork
        Granite and Wall Creeks of the North Fork
Lower Columbia:
        Salmon River and Still Creek of the Sandy River, Oregon
        Hood River, Oregon
 

Additional Information
January 2010 OWEB Staff Report (PDF)
 
Ecotrust Whole Watershed Restoration Initiative Website
 
U.S.Forest Service Regional Restoration Priority Process (PDF)
 
US Forest Service Whole Watersheds 2005 Report (PDF)