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State Land Board Awards 2013

Stream Project Award
Sandy River Basin Restoration

​ Still Creek, pre-project as captu​red on June 28, 2013 Still Creek, post-project on September 4, 2013, large wood habitat structure constructed at side channel inlet


The project is part of a large-scale, multi-year effort to restore habitat for federally listed spring Chinook, coho salmon and winter steelhead in the Sandy River Basin.

The component completed in 2013 included restoration efforts in the Salmon River and Still Creek, a tributary to the Zigzag River in the Mt. Hood National Forest. Activities included reconnecting isolated habitats; installing 25 large-wood habitat structures; and restoring riparian vegetation and watershed processes. The completed work increased side channel habitat by nearly 7,000 feet, which greatly improved adult spawning and juvenile rearing habitat for native fish.

The project was led by The Freshwater Trust, on behalf of the Sandy River Basin Partners, a coalition of government agencies, the local watershed council, private interests and non-profits dedicated to restoring Endangered Species Act-listed salmon and steelhead.

Funding for the project came from the City of Portland, Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, Bureau of Land Management, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Ecotrust, NOAA Restoration Center, Carol & Velma Saling Foundation, and the Boeing Company.


See news release for more information.


Partnership Award

Partnership for Coastal Watersheds
 The project is helping Coos Bay shipping pilots through a real-time tide level station accessible online near the McCullough Bridge in Coos Bay



The Partnership for Coastal Watersheds has developed a community vision and expansion of the Coos Estuary water quality monitoring network


This community partnership focuses on developing locally-driven approaches to responsible development, and helping the Coos Bay community prepare for climate-related changes on Oregon’s south coast.
In the first phase of the partnership, members developed a 20-year Community Vision; a State of the Watersheds assessment; and an Action Plan to help chart a course for their vision. The second phase includes developing a Coos Estuary Inventory and more collaborative monitoring tools.
The partnership was launched in 2009 by the South Slough Reserve and the Coos Watershed Association. Funds have been provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, and the Laird Norton Family Foundation.
Their extensive list of past and present collaborators includes local tribes, local economic development organizations, local businesses, and a wide variety of government agencies and nonprofit organizations.

See news release for more information.