The success of that work has depended upon each of your many watershed moments. Moments like your hours spent volunteering counting fish or planting native shrubs, lending your voice on watershed issues at our council meetings, or your generous donations to our work. Or, most importantly, moments spent sharing your time and your love for the watershed with family, friends, neighbors and us.
This year the council celebrates 20 years of neighbors helping neighbors to enhance land and water in their community. From the timber stands to the coast range to the rich agricultural lands in the valley bottom, and our urban tributary Amazon Creek, the common value to steward our land and water has been the foundation for bridges of trust and a sense of community around the vision for a healthy Long Tom Watershed.
Urban Stormwater & Habitats Specialist Sarah Whitney, and Administrative Assistant Trisha Maxfield coordinated a volunteer event Sunday, May 7th with HIV Alliance in Eugene to plant over 600 plants, with the help of 60 volunteers! The planting event helped to put the finishing touches on a significant stormwater project at HIV Alliance’s new site.
A project under the council’s Urban Waters and Wildlife Program, this “Trout Friendly Landscape” will treat storm water leaving the HIV Alliance site – the plants and soil will slow the water coming off the site, and filter pollutants before the water reaches Amazon Creek, the Long Tom River’s major urban tributary. Check out this news report and video from KVAL and visit our urban program page at www.urbanwatersandwildlife.org
The Long Tom Watershed Council is proud of its strong relationship with our Agriculture Community. Over the years we’ve worked with many ag partners toward shared habitat and water quality goals on numerous projects throughout the watershed.
Two recent issues of USDA’s Inside Agroforestry, highlighted Laughing Stock Farm owner Paul Atkinson and Confluence Farms’ Trey and Tammie Hagen. In the articles, these Long Tom Landowners share their stories about their land, personal values, and motivations for partnering with the council to improve watershed health. These are great stories of community driven conservation in action!