Trashy Thursdays with the Corvallis River Guardians
Thursday, February 14 This is the third in a series of clean-ups partnering with Willamette Riverkeepers and Corvallis Parks and Recreation.
February 2019 MRWC Board Meeting
Please join us for the MRWC Board Meeting: Wednesday February 20th from 6 pm-7:30 pm at Philomath City Hall. The MRWC Board of Directors invites any member of the public to attend. If interested in joining and need time on the agenda, please let us know at least 48 hours in advance – contact us by phone or email.All Watershed Council members are encouraged to attend. Meeting minutes are available upon request. Call 541-758-7597 for more information.
The Oak Creek Story
Renewing the Watershed for Cutthroat Trout and Pacific Lamprey
Tuesday, March 5 from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Corvallis-Benton County Public Library
JOIN US FOR OUR WINTER FORUM ON OAK CREEK, the tributary of the Marys River that winds through McDonald Forest, alongside Bald Hill, and across the OSU campus before it joins the Marys.
Hear from local experts about forty years of research in the creek, whose pristine headwaters are home to cutthroat trout and whose tributary in Corvallis was recently named Lamprey Creek. Hear, too, about restoration projects planned for the watershed, including culvert replacements and riparian planting.
Come early, if you can, to view posters, talk to researchers, and locate yourself on a map of the watershed. What is your relationship to the creek? Are you a landowner? A hiker, mountain biker, nature lover? Student researcher? Conservationist? Worker? Place a pushpin where you interact with the watershed.
The meeting room opens at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
OUR PANEL OF EXPERTS INCLUDES:
Derek Godwin, professor of biological and ecological engineering at OSU Extension, will provide an overview of Oak Creek’s research history and current cross-agency collaborations
Stan Gregory, professor emeritus in fish biology at OSU, will describe the rich history of discovery in Oak Creek with an emphasis on fish passage and habitat issues—what we know so far and where we want to go in the future
Linda Hardison, director of the Oregon Flora Project, will present an overview of native flora along Oak Creek and the importance of using native plants to benefit stream health on working lands
Kathleen Westly, project manager for the Marys River Watershed Council, will describe restoration
issues in Oak Creek, past, present, and future—including dams and failing culverts—as well as a new “community stakeholders” project in the works
Gordon Kurtz, associate engineer for Benton County Public Works, will discuss a planned project at Alder Creek/Skunk Creek to replace a failing culvert to ensure safe fish passage