Our Mission

We foster partnerships for clean water and to improve fish and wildlife habitat and the quality of life for those who live, work and recreate in the watershed.

We accomplish this by:
  • Undertaking watershed restoration to increase the abundance, diversity, and productivity of native resident and anadromous (salmon and steelhead) fish populations throughout the basin.
  • Protecting and enhancing the quality and quantity of source water for domestic water supplies to meet an increasing population.
  • Controlling non-native weeds, and restoring native vegetation to improve both aquatic and terrestrial habitats.
  • Engaging communities and landowners in watershed improvement projects that protect and enhance the natural resources.

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“Clackamas Inspires.”

“When the river thrives, we all thrive—especially when we work together.”

Video Highlights

Get the scoop on Council activities in these videos:

Clackamas Inspires

This video was created for the 2022 Annual Clackamas Watershed Celebration.
It explores how the Clackamas River Basin Council's restoration work is important not only for our ecology and wildlife, but also for the art and culture of our basin.
We thank speakers Bobby Mercier from the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde, Earlean Marsh from Spiral Gallery, Danica Glazier of Happy Valley, and CRBC staff, as well as our narrator Todd Bartlett.

Replant the Riverside – 4,400 native trees & shrubs!

We've planted 4,400 native trees and shrubs to reforest a riparian area that burned in the Dowty Road Fire! Part of the #ReplanttheRiverside program covers weed treatment to protect these plants, so in 5 years we'll see some good regrowth!

CRBC helps contain post-fire erosion to protect streams

4,000 homes were destroyed in the wildfires that struck Oregon in September. Clackamas River Basin Council Riparian Specialist Ari Sindel learned how to use coconut-fiber "coir logs" to reduce run-off, protecting streams in the watershed from hazardous materials coming off of burned houses.
Our thanks go to Cascade Geosynthetics for helping us secure the materials, and D. Franco Reforestation, INC. for the crew to get the job done. This project was funded by Portland General Electric through our “Shade Our Streams” program.

Replant the Riverside: 10 Trees for the Clackamas

When wildfires struck our community, we worked together to keep each other safe. Now, let's work together again to Replant the Riverside!
Our deepest gratitude to WARN Industries Employee Community Impact Project for generously offering to match donations on Giving Tuesday!