Water is life.  

We are the people who live by the water.

Pray by these waters.

Travel by the waters.

Eat and drink from these waters.

We are related to those who live in the water.

To poison the water is to show disrespect for creation.

To honor and protect the waters is our responsibility as people of the land.
                                                    -Winona LaDuke

                                                   Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council

early 1998, the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed Council (MFWWC) has been working diligently to protect and restore the their local waterways. The MFWWC describes their work as a volunteer-based partnership of stakeholders aiming to promote sustainability, ecological stability, and economic viability within the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed by promoting local control and progressive solutions to water quality issues. These stakeholders include a diverse group of people, all with unique insights, experiential strengths, and valued perspectives. The watershed is approximately 865, 000 acres and includes many confluences where creeks meet the Middle Fork of the Willamette River. The goals of the MFWWC are to provide the necessary bridge that will ensure ecologically sound waterways for future generations.  To learn more about the Middle Fork Willamette Watershed, their projects and their visions, visit their website at:

                                                Click here for a map of the Middle Fork Willamette River Watershed

Mohawk Watershed Partnership/McKenzie Watershed Council

The Mohawk Watershed Partnership was established in 1997 by a concerned member of the McKenzie Watershed Council (MWC) who lived within the Mohawk watershed. The Mohawk River is the greatest tributary of the McKenzie River and runs through some 115,000 acres in both Lane and Linn counties. Currently it is believed that the Mohawk hosts the spawning area for the most robust fluvial cutthroat trout population in the whole Willamette Basin. A division of the MWC, the Mohawk Watershed Partnership aims to improve the compromised water quality of the Mohawk River and restore native habitat through the creation and implementation of projects that will include and educate community members. For more information, please visit their website:

                                                                                                     Click here for a map of the McKenzie River Watershed