Coos Watershed Association
Winter 2012 Newsletter
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Support our Stewards

This semester, 30 Bay Area youth are learning about watershed science and exploring possible careers in the MWS Youth Program, but future students won't have this opportunity without the support of our local community.

You can help win that support by working with the CoosWA to raise funds for this program.

Gain experience in resource development and outreach, and see our young community members become lifelong stewards of our watershed.

Please visit our volunteer page and read the volunteer description for more information. Contact Emily Wright at 541-888-5922 or with questions or to volunteer.

CoosWA Annual Meeting

The CoosWA will hold its 2012 Annual Meeting on March 22nd, at 6:00 PM at the North Bend Public Library. All Board Members, Friends of the Coos Watershed, and members of the public are invited.
You can see the planned agenda here. Please RSVP by March 19th by contacting Aimee at or 541-888-5922.
CoosWA Wish List
Email us or call us if you have an item to donate!

- Trailer, approx. 5' x 10',
      single axle, road safe
- Warm outdoor clothes
- Rain gear: pants, jackets,
- Folding tables and chairs
- Plastic storage totes
- Fiberglass sink or wash

Storms and Snow and Sun, Oh My!

Dear CoosWA Friend,

2012 has come in with a bang! At CoosWA, we have been getting to work preparing for our summer season and starting our new youth watershed education program. The new year has also brought exciting grant news for our restoration, monitoring, and education programs.

Please take a moment to celebrate our success with us at our Annual Meeting this month. While there, you can learn more about our plans for the rest of 2012, sign up to volunteer with our Resource Development committee, and make a financial contribution to support CoosWA's programs. Of course, you can still participate in these ways even if you are unable to come to our meeting!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

The CoosWA Team
Contact Us
Phone: 541-888-5922

Funding Success for Youth Program

CoosWA's new Master Watershed Stewards (MWS) Youth Program has received funding support from three sources. Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has provided funding for the winter/spring semester of this year, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB) has funded one semester for next year, and the Plum Creek Foundation has funded a portion of a semester next year.

PlumCrk2The MWS Youth Program began its winter/spring semester on February 3rd, where Bill Frings from the Plum Creek Foundation presented a check for $4,000 at Matson Creek Wetland Preserve.

During the first three sessions of this semester's program, students have been busy with photo-point monitoring, planting trees along Pony Creek, and riparian vegetation monitoring.

Learn more about the MWS Youth Program by visiting our website and Facebook page.
OWEB Grant Funding Received
CoosWA has received six grants from the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board for the following projects.

Road Inventory and Sediment Reduction
will implement the initial Pilot Phase of a road inventory to evaluate 100-150 miles of roads in the Elliott State Forest. Oregon Department of Forestry will fund two subsequent phases to complete surveys for all 530 miles of ESF roads.
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Coho Life Cycle Monitoring will continue the long-term monitoring project that CoosWA has been working on since 2004 with the help of OSU graduate students. The project studies coho salmon survival, life history, and habitat use in tide-gated coastal lowland streams.
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Vaughn Mill Creek Habitat Restoration will increase stream complexity through placement of eighty-nine whole trees on a site with unique geomorphic context and land-use history, which includes logging, milling, and construction of a mill pond dam.
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Hodges Creek Habitat Connectivity and Restoration will improve fish passage, restore channel complexity, and reduce the risk of 37,000+ cubic yards of road fill devastating the lower East Fork Millicoma River. CoosWA will replace an undersized and perched culvert and install 74 pieces of large wood.

Aquatic Habitat Inventory Surveys will evaluate over 37 miles of mainstrem habitat and 40 miles of valuable tributary habitat in the South Fork Coos River Basin. AHI surveys will be used to determine habitat limiting factors for coho production and provide the baseline data needed to properly identify and evaluate restoration projects in this basin.
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Master Watershed Steward Youth Program will provide 12 sessions of watershed education and career development to 20-30 students in the Coos Bay area. This will be the second semester (Fall 2012) for the program. Activities will be based at the Matson Creek Wetland Preserve, but students will visit sites around the Coos watershed.

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Contact Us

Phone: 541-888-5922
Fax: 541-888-6111

Coos Watershed Association
P.O. Box 5860
Charleston, OR 97420

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