The Clackamas River’s headwaters are located on Olallie Butte, and flow 82.7 miles to the confluence with the Willamette River near Gladstone and includes 16 smaller sub-watersheds. The Clackamas Watershed drains more than 940 square miles of land area, approximately half of which lies within the Mt. Hood National Forest. Lands in the majority of the lower reaches of the river are privately owned and drain agricultural and populated suburban areas. Ownership of lands in the middle reach of the Clackamas Watershed lie primarily with the Bureau of Land Management or with private timber companies that hold large tracts for timber production.
We partner with several agencies and groups working to protect source water quality within the Clackamas Basin.
Clackamas River Water Providers
We are members of the Clackamas River Water Providers, a coalition of municipal water providers that draw drinking water from the Clackamas River. We work together to jointly coordinate and fund efforts on water resource planning, water conservation and watershed conservation for the Clackamas River. Pooling our resources allows us to address projects and studies that would be too expensive to undertake as individual agencies.
For more information on the Clackamas River Water Providers and their work in the Clackamas River Watershed, click here.
Clackamas River Basin Council
We support the efforts of the Clackamas River Basin Council. The Basin Council is a non-profit with representation from over twenty stakeholders in the Clackamas River basin. They advocate for natural resource conservation and watershed preservation. They are very active in community education and plan and implement many projects within the basin, invasive species removal, side channel development and culvert removal projects to assist with salmon passage and spawning, and tree planting projects to filter run off and provide shade that reduces water temperatures.
Additional information about the Clackamas River Basin Council and their efforts in the Clackamas River basin can be accessed by clicking here.
Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District
Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District is an independent district that is committed to working with willing private landowners assist them with being stewards of their land; preserving natural resources in the process. The County Soil and Water Conservation District is not a regulatory agency and only has no power to create regulations or issue citations. They only work with private parties to provide information, technical assistance and resources for natural resource preservation.
More information about the Clackamas County Soil and Water Conservation District and the information and resources they offer, visit their website at http://conservationdistrict.org/.