The CWA was formed by a small group of local citizens who were concerned about the health of the watershed and its fish and wildlife resources. Since that humble beginning, the CWA has established a well-organized restoration program that is valued and supported throughout the watershed.
Our mission at the CWA is to provide the structured framework to coordinate the assessment of the watershed’s conditions, and to implement and monitor proven management practices that are designed to support environmental integrity and economic stability for the communities of the Coquille watershed.
The Coquille Watershed Association is recognized locally by the Coos County Commissioners and was registered as a non-profit corporation with the Oregon Secretary of State in January 1995. The CWA Restoration program has become a recognized source for information and assistance with watershed health and restoration issues. The CWA operates on a budget of approximately $400,000 a year, and 95% of the funding remains in the watershed in the form of jobs for on-the-ground restoration projects and locally-purchased supplies & materials.
Our work includes facilitating communication between landowners, citizens, civic organizations, private foundations and governmental agencies to enhance and restore aquatic and wildlife resources in the Coquille watershed. The CWA is supported by a diverse volunteer Executive Council of 29 members representing landowners, agencies, business owners, community members and natural resource groups. The Executive Council selects the Board of Operating Officers, which oversees the running of the Association. The CWA is also advised by a 6-member Technical Advisory Committee, which is comprised of biologists, engineers and educators that vet and approve each project the CWA wishes to undertake.
The CWA works closely with schools on student education, supporting efforts at native species propagation, watershed health, career opportunities and outreach events. We host and partner on events such as the Kid’s Fish Derby, Earth Day, Public Lands Day, community planting and weed removal days, the Natural Resource Tent at the Coos County Fair and volunteer clean-up days.
The CWA is active in all the communities of the Coquille Basin, working with the cities & Coos County, non-profits and NGO’s, civic groups and the Ports of Coquille and Bandon. We aim to serve as a clearinghouse of natural resource information for the community and welcome all to be part of the health of the watershed.