MRWC Board of Directors meets the second Tuesday of each
at Philomath City Hall.
For more information, contact Xan Augerot,
Executive Director at:
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Next REGULAR board meeting scheduled for Tuesday March 11, 2014
Council board meetings are generally held the second Tuesday of each month, and are open to the public. Watershed Council members are encouraged to attend, and all are welcome
Corvallis Gazette-Times Highlights Marys River and its Watershed
Feel free to download the PDF version or find it on the GT's website.
While they don't receive the same respect that other iconic anadramous species like salmon get, these amazing fish also migrate from fresh water out to the open ocean and back again. They formed an important food source for native population, although it is said they are an acquired taste.
Check out this video of LAMPREY SPAWNING on Mosby Creek. Mosby Creek is a tributary of the Row River. The Row River (pronounced like Cow, not tow) is a tributary of the Coast Fork Willamette River.
Regarding ACOE Fill Permit Application for Retreat at Oak Creek
Late last week, it came to our attention that Landmark Properties, doing business as Retreat at Oak Creek, LLC, used our name in their application for wetland fill permits from the US Army Corps of Engineers and Oregon Department of State Lands (NWP 2013-68, pg 3). We would like to set the record straight, that we have no ongoing relationship with the developer. The last contact we had with the developer’s agents was prior to the annexation of the Sather property.
In response, we sent a letter to the Army Corps of Engineers to clarify our limited interaction with Landmark Properties.
In short, MRWC participated in a site visit at the request of Landmark Properties representatives. We highlighted key ecological values of the site, specifically the oak grove and the unnamed channel on the northeast corner adjacent to Oak Creek. The channel on that portion of the property is one of the few sites on Oak Creek which provides winter high flow cutthroat trout refuge and floodwater retention. ODFW has documented juvenile Willamette spring Chinook rearing in the first mile of Oak Creek.
At a subsequent meeting with Landmark Properties representatives, they shared their vision for the property. The area and volume of wetland fill necessary to achieve their plans was not discussed at that time.
Strategic Planning Documents Available
The Council recently developed a strategic plan for the next several years. The board and staff devoted many hours focused on this important look forward. Details of the plans are available on this website. You can view the Council's STRATEGIC DIRECTION, the Council's THREE YEAR STRATEGIC PLAN, and the Council's STRATEGIC FUNDRAISING OVERVIEW. Come to the annual meeting to learn more!
Placing Large Trees in the Creek!
Have you seen video of helicopters placing logs in Rock Creek yet?
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On February 13, 2012, MRWC Chair Thom Whittier gave a talk at the Corvallis City Club about the Marys River Flood of 2012.
For more information on the Corvallis City Club, see www.cityclubofcorvallis.org
Have you donated to MRWC yet? Donations support MRWC's mission. Because MRWC is a tax-exempt non-profit corporation, all donations are tax deductible to the maximum extent allowed by law. Until the MRWC has a way to donate online, please consider mailing a generous donation to:
Now you can even donate online!
A MRWC project was featured on an episode of Oregon Field Guide.
This project included efforts to preserve rare native oak savannah & prarie habitats in the Cardwell Hills areas. as well as Kinkaid's Lupine to improve habitat for Fenders Blue and Tayor's Checkerspot Butterflies.
NOTE: Our office hours are generally 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. If you are coming from a distance, please call in advance, as we are frequently out in the field or at meetings.
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