supporting environmental integrity and economic stability within the Coos watershed  
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What is the Coos Watershed Association?
The Coos Watershed Association is a local non-profit organization formed in late 1993.  It’s a way for people with a wide range of interests to get together and develop the “big picture” of the conditions in the Coos watershed, and it helps individual landowners to decide how to manage and restore the watershed’s natural systems.

What is the Coos watershed?
A “watershed” is the area of land, from ridge to ridge, that ultimately drains to a particular body of water.  The “Coos watershed” is the area of land that drains through Coos Bay into the Pacific Ocean.  It includes all forks and tributaries of the Coos and Millicoma Rivers, and all of the sloughs and creeks that drain into Coos Bay.

Mission Statement
To provide a framework to coordinate and implement proven management practices, and test promising new management practices, designed to promote environmental integrity and economic stability for communities of the Coos watershed.

Board of Directors
The Association’s Executive Council includes representatives of local ranching and agriculture, small woodlot owners, industrial timber operators, commercial fisheries and aquaculture, environmental groups, tribal land managers, and local, state, and federal land managers such as the Coos County Forest, Elliott State Forest, South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

The Association's staff includes a group of individuals with diverse backgrounds and interests. The Association is an equal opportunity employer and it is its policy to employ, retain, promote, and otherwise treat all employees and job applicants on the basis of merit, qualifications and competence.






CoosWA seeks student interns and community volunteers!

We're in search of adult volunteers and high school or college student interns to help us in the field for our ongoing Coho Lifecycle Monitoring Program. Volunteer and interns must know how to swim and be comfortable working in moving water and potentially inclement weather. If you have an interest in helping, please contact Nathan Schroeder:



Stand Up! For the Bay - Sept. 27, 2014, Coos Bay Boarwalk, 10am-2:30pm

Coos Watershed Association will table from noon to 2:30. Community paddle and shoreline clean up from 10 to noon; educational activities, music, food, and paddle joust in the afternoon. Hosted by the Coos Bay Surfrider Chapter. Pre-register online, or register the day of starting at 9am. Find more event info here.

SWOCC Welcome Expo - Sept 27, 2014, Hales Center, 11:30am-1:30pm

Nathan Schroeder, our 2014-2015 AmeriCorps member will table at at the SWOCC Welcome Expo to let students and community members know about volunteer and student intern opportunities in our Coho Lifecycle Monitoring Program.

Octoberfish - Oct. 4, 2014, Charleston Marina, 11am-4pm

Coos Watershed Association will table from 11am to 4pm, although the event runs Friday night through Sunday and is full of exciting events. Benefits Oregon Coast Community Action Children's Programs. Please see here for more information.

CoosWA Board Meeting - Oct. 14, 2014

The Coos Watershed Association Board will hold its monthly meeting on October 14, at 7am, at the Campbell Group in North Bend. This meeting is open to the public. Please email Aimee Peters if you would like to attend:

Please see the Events page for more information on upcoming and recent events.

















Coos Watershed Association :: P.O. Box 5860 , Charleston, Oregon 97420 :: Ph. (541) 888-5922 / Fax (541) 888-6111