The lower South Santiam watershed contains rich agricultural land, conifer forests in the uplands, and the communities of Sweet Home, Lebanon, Waterloo, and Scio.
The lower watershed provides drinking water to the municipalities of Lebanon and Albany, making this area a priority for maintaining high water quality. We can help preserve clean, cool water with stream-side vegetation buffers with native plants and trees. These buffers help provide shade on the water and filter out any run-off pollutants. Excluding livestock from the streams is also important, and we assist landowners with finding funding sources for these projects.
Water quality also benefits the Chinook salmon, winter steelhead, and other native fish that call the South Santiam home. Other projects in the lower watershed include in-stream habitat enhancement and ensuring fish passage to upstream stream reaches.
To learn more about these projects, see the list below of completed projects: