watershed health

The MDWC feels that water quality and quantity are key resource concerns in our watershed. In particular, high water temperature and high sediment loads can reduce critical habitat for salmonids and other wildlife. Nutrient and pesticide pollution can also threaten aquatic systems in our area if left unmanaged.


Monitoring water quality is an important first step in ensuring that our streams stay healthy and support native aquatic communities. We work directly with landowners and partner agencies to collect and analyze data on water quality to better address stream health.

The Middle Deschutes Watershed Council assists the Jefferson County Soil & Water District with a number of monitoring projects along Mud Springs Creek and Campbell Creek.

We are also monitoring temperature along Willow Creek as part of an Oregon Department of Agriculture program to assess the effects of riparian vegetation on stream shading.

If you're interested in volunteering with monitoring efforts or learning more