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Luckiamute/Ash Creek/American Bottom Watershed Assessment

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Originator: Luckiamute Watershed Council and Wetland & Watershed Assessment Group
Publish Date: June 2004
Online Link: http://www.wou.edu/las/natsci_math/geology/luckiamute/
Contact Information
Agency: Watershed Councils
Name: Kristen Larson
Job Position: Luckiamute Watershed Council Coordinator
Telephone: (503) 837-0237
E-Mail Address: info@luckiamutelwc.org
Description
Abstract: The Watershed Assessment is a tool for learning about the historical and existing condition of the watershed. The focus of the Assessment is on watershed health, which includes, water quality and quantity, threatened and endangered species, and vegetative health and biodiversity. The Assessment is a "working" document that will grow and change with increasing knowledge of the watershed and watershed function. This watershed assessment follows the guidance of the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB); however, there are two important distinctions: (1) the Luckiamute Watershed Council requested that the assessment team include information on terrestrial communities and associated wildlife populations and (2) spatial data were collected, compiled and summarized whenever possible. The goal of this project was to compile existing information to support future action planning and to educate council members. As such, the assessment was meant to summarize current conditions in the watershed using both descriptive and quantitative information and to identify data gaps. Although several example analyses and spatial summaries were performed, this assessment was not intended to identify specific places in the watershed for specific management actions. In addition to characterizing the status of important natural resources within the study area, the assessment team was charged to provide an ecological context so that members of the Luckiamute Watershed Council could understand the important connections between watershed components, and between watershed components and ecosystem processes. Understanding the relationship between the valued resources and the natural processes that maintain those resources is critical to the development of a successful watershed management plan. Included elements are data, watershed characteristics, human habitation, physical processes, plant communities and wildlife, aquatic resources and analyses, other watershed analyses, existing preserve and watershed restoration projects in the Luckiamute/Ash Creek, and recommendations.
Purpose: The purpose of this watershed assessment is to characterize the current conditions in the Luckiamute/Ash Creek watersheds and to rank stream reaches and 7th field sub-basins so that actions can be planned "for protecting and improving fish habitat and water quality" (Watershed Professionals Network, 1999)
Time Period of Content: May 2004
Geographic Extent: The Luckiamute/ Ash Creek watersheds
Status: Final
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