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Dam Removal on Calapooia River Garners State Land Board Award
For immediate release                                                                                08-11
More information:  Julie Curtis, State Lands – 503-986-5298
           Denise Hoffert-Hay, Calapooia Watershed Council – 541-619-5896
Project praised for partnership approach
Salem – The State Land Board today recognized the Calapooia Watershed Council and its many partners for the Brownsville Dam Removal in an awards ceremony honoring exemplary projects that promote responsible stewardship of Oregon’s natural resources.
In presenting the 2007 Stream Project Award, Governor Ted Kulongoski, chair of the Land Board, commended the award winners for developing a broad partnership to “protect Oregon’s natural resources for future generations. This project exemplifies the spirit of cooperation that is so important for a successful outcome.”
The dam removal, completed in September 2007, opened up more than 40 miles of habitat on the Calapooia to winter steelhead and spring Chinook, both listed as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act, and to cutthroat trout and Pacific lamprey.
The Calapooia Watershed Council spearheaded the project, and worked for four years to engage the Brownsville community in discussions about removing the dam. In 2006 the Brownsville Canal Company voted unanimously to remove it.
Project partners include the City of Brownsville, Brownsville Canal Company, Linn County Parks and Roads Department, Bella Vista Foundation, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Oregon Water Resources Department, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Cascade Earth Sciences and Northwest Biological were consultants for the project.
The State Land Board Awards were created in 2003 to promote and recognize responsible, sustainable stewardship of natural resources. To be eligible, stream and wetland projects must have received a removal-fill permit from the Oregon Department of State Lands and must meet or exceed all permit conditions.
The State Land Board consists of Governor Theodore Kulongoski, Secretary of State Bill Bradbury and State Treasurer Randall Edwards. The Department of State Lands administers diverse natural and fiscal resources. Many of the resources generate revenue for the Common School Fund, such as state-owned rangelands and timberlands, waterway leases, estates for which no will or heirs exist, and unclaimed property. Twice a year, the agency distributes fund investment earnings to support K-12 public schools. The agency also administers Oregon’s Removal-Fill Law, which requires people removing or filling certain amounts of material in waters of the state to obtain a permit.