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 enhance and protect the natural resources of the South Santiam River watershed for the social, environmental, and economic benefit of all those who live, work and visit.

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!


Heat of the Moment: A Look at Sweet Home’s Fire School

By Marie Heuberger | July 15, 2024

Did you see wildland firefighters in Sweet Home at the end of June? Sweet Home is home to the Mid-Willamette Valley Interagency Wildland Fire School–…

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A bridge crosses a flowing creek

NOAA announces the recommendation of $8.7 million in funding to restore fish passage in the Mid-Willamette

By Shannon Richardson | July 10, 2024

The South Santiam, Calapooia, Luckiamute, Marys River, and North Santiam Watershed Councils have been recommended to receive over $8.7 million in funding from the Department…

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Recent SouthSantiamWC Instagram posts

Fighting the 2023 Wiley Creek Fire was an “All Hands on Deck” effort. Join us on June 3rd to hear the story from fire managers and local timber industry representatives. Details: June 3rd from 5-7pm in the Sweet Home High School Auditorium. Hope to see you there! Image is a smoky forest with active fire. White text on an orange background provides event details……#southsantiam #sweethomeoregon #wildfire #wildlandfire #wildfireriskreduction #forestmanagement.

May 16, 2024
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Friday field day!! Staff and friends spent the morning cutting and planting willows along Crabtree Creek today. Highlights of the day include several small beaver dams, a curious coyote, and the satisfaction of seeing a mature planting on a bluebird day!Photo 1: image of water flowing over a small dam constructed of beaver-chewed sticks. Grass lines the banks.Photo 2: a green, grassy field broken up by a fence with a bush in the center, against a backdrop of large trees. A coyote is barely visible by the bush. Photos 3 & 4: green grass and a blue sky with trees and shrubs of various sizes.

March 8, 2024
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We invite you to join us at the Lebanon Senior Center tomorrow from 7-9pm to learn more about the drawdown at Green Peter. This community meeting is not part of a public process, but rather a time for folks who have questions and want to better understand what's happening in the South Santiam basin to gather. We will open the meeting with a short talk from subject matter experts to help us develop a common understanding of the mechanics of the drawdown, and what brought the Corp to this action. Then we'll move into a time for questions and answers, learning more about what the coming weeks and months may bring. Friends, we recognize that the impacts of the drawdown have been significant and there is deep concern in the community. Tensions are high. We hope that when you and your neighbors leave tomorrow's meeting, you will not only have more information than when you came in, but that you will also know who to contact with additional questions and concerns. If you aren't able to make it tomorrow, we'll post a summary of questions and answers on our website next week.

November 29, 2023
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Over the last few months, many of us have noticed that both Foster Reservoir and the mainstem South Santiam River have been moving a lot of sediment, flowing brown and muddy. Some of us have seen dead and dying fish, or have noticed other impacts from the drawdown at Green Peter Reservoir. By now, most folks know that the US Army Corps is responding to a court order to draw down Green Peter. This is intended to provide downstream passage for young, federally-protected Chinook and steelhead. But folks also want to know what the impacts mean for other species, for drinking water, and for the wellbeing of the larger watershed. Please join us on Thursday, November 30, for a community gathering at the Lebanon Senior Center to learn more, ask questions, and be in conversation with staff from the Army Corps. Doors open at 6:30, and there will be a short talk at 7, followed by time for Q&A. #lebanonoregon #sweethomeoregon #southsantiamriver #southsantiamwatershedcouncil #linncountyoregon

November 14, 2023
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Linn County is hosting an evening to help provide information on keeping homes and communities safe before, during and after wildfire. They've been working with local partners to update the Community Wildfire Protection Plan, and this is a great opportunity to see what it includes and to provide input on your wildfire-related priorities. Please RSVP for this free event at bit.ly/linncwpp and we'll see you next month!

November 6, 2023
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Tagline: Rrstoration Monitoring Education Collaboration

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.