Who we are

The South Santiam Watershed Council (SSWC) is a nonprofit organization that promotes and assists with voluntary, nonregulatory conservation efforts to improve the quality of our watershed. We are one of  many community-based nonprofit watershed councils in Oregon.

  • We obtain funding to carry out our own projects upstream and downstream or partner with other agencies on projects.
  • We work with landowners to find funding and help them make improvements to riparian areas of their land.
  • We run educational programs to help our communities understand what happens in our watershed and how it affects all of us.

Whether you live, work, or play in our watershed, whether you're in the timber industry or run a farm, local business, community organization, or school, learn more about where your water comes from and see what we do for you and what we can accomplish together!

SSWC's Mission

To involve local people in the enhancement and protection of the South Santiam watershed for the social and economic benefit of its landowners, managers, and users.

Are you in the South Santiam watershed?

This map shows our service area, which includes the whole watershed. If you live or own land within the watershed, we are here to serve you!

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News

New Research Suggests Thinning Treatments Can Reduce Severe Fire Risk For Years

By Mike Vernon | October 12, 2021

Prescribed fire is an important tool for land managers seeking to reduce fuels, protect communities, and restore historic conditions in fire-prone forest types. However, due…

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BLT Poker Run: September 11, 2021

By Shannon Richardson | August 10, 2021

This fun event will help promote existing trail use within Lebanon and raise funds for continuing trail development into the future! Participants will walk, stroll,…

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Linn-Benton Salmon Watch Volunteer Trainings: August 26 and September 11

By Shannon Richardson | August 10, 2021

Our Salmon Watch season is right around the corner and after last year’s COVID-related hiatus, we are eager to return to in-person programming! This outdoor…

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Ending the Dog Days of Summer

By Shannon Richardson | August 10, 2021

Recently, I got curious about how the later part of summer became known as the “dog days” of the season. My own dogs spend most…

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How do we touch your life?

Landowners and the SSWC

See how participating in restoration projects can enhance the value and quality of your land.

Communities and the SSWC

We sponsor the Outdoor School for Sweet Home school kids. Find out other ways that we enhance the community through our conservation efforts.

SSWC Partners

We partner with many other organizations to synergize our resources and extend our outreach. See who else we're working with.

SSWC Volunteers

Love to use our waterways? Inspired to help the planet on a local level? Give back to the community by volunteering for SSWC events and other activities.