The board asked me to be their ear to happenings at this watershed council. I attend monthly meetings and occasional other special meetings for this watershed council and report back what is gong on or planned to the DCLA at our monthly member meetings. PURs has a diverse representation of interest groups each having a chairperson (and vote) at each meeting. PURs mission through collaboration with these diverse participants is to maintain and improve fish populations and water quality from source to sea in streams of the Umpqua. The watershed council has a very information rich web site that folks should visit if they have interest of feel free to give me a call or e-mail with questions.
PURs web site: www.umpquarivers.org
Executive Director - Eric Riley 541-673-5756 x159
I offered my assistance to fill the vacant slot on the board. I try to keep the board informed on water availability based on reports from the Oregon Water Resources and Douglas County Natural Resources Departments. The DCLA recently voted to make an annual contribution to the non-profit group Water for Life, Inc based here in Oregon who advocate "protecting and promoting agricultural water rights while advocating responsible stewardship of the land". The Water for Life, Inc. web site is http://www.waterforlife.net
For more information:
Oregon Water Resources Department: http://www.wrd.state.or.us
If you have local water rights questions contact Dave Williams, Local District Specialist: 541-440-4255
The DCLA legislative committee monitors activity at the Oregon State Legislature. The committee monitors proposed legislation that may impact Agriculture and livestock production in general and Douglas County specifically. Committee members meet annually with Douglas County representatives to discus relevant issues. Click the title to see more.
The Burn Committee is a liaison between Douglas Forest Protection Association (DFPA) and livestock producers who use burning as a tool for pasture management.