The Way to Quality
The CCWC aims to continue protecting and promoting water quality and wildlife habitat in the Claggett Creek Watershed and beyond. The council meets on the first Wednesday of every month at the Keizer Civic Center.
Who We Are
The mission of the Claggett Creek Watershed Council is to involve the local community in the stewardship of its watershed and attendant natural resources. This involvement is aimed at the development and implementation of a sustainable plan for enhancing and restoring watershed health while recognizing the need to balance a variety of environmental, social, and economic interests. The CCWC shall have five broad base goals to help guide its actions.
- Develop a plan that coordinates data and information related to water quality, stream flow, wildlife, and wildlife habitat.
- Encourage community involvement and participation whenever possible in issues of watershed health.
- Serves as a forum for the coordination efforts of federal, state, and local impacts on the watershed.
- Establish as educational component which serves to involve and inform the community about watershed issues.
- Develop, evaluate, and implement strategies, plans and projects that serve to protect, restore, and enhance the natural resources of the watershed.
On Earth Day, the CCWC partners with SOLVE IT and local citizens of Keizer to conduct an Invasive Weed Removal at Keizer Rapids Park. This project helps protect important wildlife habitat from being taken over by invasive, noxious weeds such as Scotch Broom, Himalayan Blackberry, and English Ivy.
The CCWC installs Storm Drain Markers in Keizer to educate the community about their impact on water quality. Stormwater runoff from houses, streets, and parking lots enters storm drains and is piped directly to local creeks untreated. Storm Drain Markers remind residents that their activities have a direct impact on the local environment.
In spring, the CCWC helped coordinate two Scotch Broom Removal Projects. Scotch Broom is an aggressive noxious weed that degrades wildlife habitat by spreading rapidly and out-competing native plants. All together, the volunteers helped remove over 150 cubic yards of Scotch Broom!
The bank at Ben Miller Family Park was severely eroded. Most of the plants there were invasive weeds like Himalayan Blackberry and Teasel. The CCWC helped the City of Keizer establish a restoration plot there by planting over 200 native plants! Today the bank is well protected by a dense thicket of native plants which help keep the water clean and cool while providing habitat for wildlife.