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.






Now Accepting Applications for the 2015 Summer Natural Resource Bridge Program

Get a jump start earning credits for college and spend your summer outside! And it's FREE!

Download and submit your completed application to Alexa Carleton at

2015 Summer Bridge Application and Permission Form

Now Accepting Applications for 2015 AmeriCorps Monitoring and Education Position

If you are interested please contact Alexa Carleton at

2015 AmeriCorps Position Description

The Friends of Coos Watershed 2014 Annual Campaign is on!

CoosWA celebrates 20 years of watershed restoration, monitoring and education in the Coos watershed in 2014! Help us reach our annual fundraising goal of $10,000 in celebration of our 20 years as an Oregon Watershed Council, and to ensure watershed science education and intern programming continues for youth in our area well into the future!

To learn more, read our 2014 Annual Campaign materials and make an online donation here.

The CoosWA 2013 Annual Report is now online!

Download the PDF on our publications page or read through an online magazine version.



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



CoosWA Board Meeting - Dec. 9, 2014

The Coos Watershed Association Board will hold its monthly meeting on December 9th, at 7am, at the Campbell Group in North Bend. This meeting is open to the public. Please email Anne Jelinek 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