Photo: Open Rivers Fund
Get To Know Your Watershed
Healthy watersheds are vital to our communities and natural ecosystems. Rivers, streams, and creeks cover our region, providing irrigation, municipal drinking water, and recreation. For generations, the Rogue River has been a stronghold for native fish on the west coast where salmon and steelhead return every year to spawn in the Rogue River and its tributaries. Without viable habitat, this important fishery and all that depends upon it would be lost. Clean water and healthy, productive rivers and streams benefit us all.
What is a watershed?
A watershed is an area of land that channels or directs water running under it and draining off of it into a common body of water. It combines with neighboring watersheds to form a network of streams and rivers that progressively flow into larger bodies of water. The Rogue River watershed encompasses all of the land around and the water draining into the Rogue River. Waterways, fishes, plants, and wildlife are all important aspects of the ecosystem.