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:

Coho Life Cycle Monitoring Internship



South Slough Trail & Treat - Oct. 25, 2014, South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center, 8am

Support our Friends of South Slough on Saturday, October 25, at the South Slough Trail and Treat! The morning will offer a 1-mile kids run, and a 5k walk/run. Estuary-themed costumes are encouraged! The kids run begins at 8:45 am and the 5k begins at 9 am; course start and registration is located at the South Slough Reserve Interpretive Center (61907 Seven Devils Road). Pre-register online, the day of starting at 8am, or download a registration form and bring it with you to the run.

SWOCC Geology Lecture Series: "Plastic in the Ocean" - Sept 27, 2014, Hales Center (SWOCC), 7:00pm (Lobby open at 6:00pm)

Dr. Giora Proskurowski of the University of Washington will kick off SWOCC's first Geology Lecture Series talk of the 2014-2015 academic year with a presentation on "Plastic in the Ocean". CoosWA will table in the Hales Center lobby along with South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Surfrider, and Washed Ashored before and after the talk. This event is free and all are welcome. Please see the event flyer for more information.

CoosWA Board Meeting - Nov. 11, 2014

The Coos Watershed Association Board will hold its monthly meeting on November 11, 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:

SWOCC Geology Lecture Series: Coastal Geomorphology Talk (Title TBD)- Nov 14, 2014, Hales Center (SWOCC), 7:00pm (Lobby opens at 6:00pm)

Dr. Jon Allan of the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOMGAMI) will continue SWOCC's Geology Lecture Series with a presentation on his work in coastal geomorphology. CoosWA will table in the Hales Center lobby along with South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve, Surfrider, and Washed Ashored before and after the talk. This event is free and all are welcome.


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