Mapping Oregon’s Waterways to Protect Forest Waters

salmon in a river

Join us for a training in understanding and engaging with Oregon’s water-typing system—the state’s official maps of our waterways. Learn how streams are classified, why this matters, and how community-led stream surveys can help gain protections for waterways.

Did you know that our state agencies maintain vast waterway maps that show fish presence, stream size, and other ‘water typing’ characteristics? These maps are used to regulate forest practices and other human activities. Streams that have salmonids are typically given the highest amount of protection, with less resident non-migratory salmonids and other fish gaining less protections, and little or no protection for non-fish-bearing and undocumented streams.

The problem is, many maps are incomplete or incorrect. Some steams are classified as “non-fish-bearing” when fish are present, and many small headwater streams are simply not mapped at all. As a result of these map inaccuracies, significant portions of Oregon’s streams are likely not receiving their due protections from logging & other impactful human activities.

This training will explore how watershed advocates can engage with the state’s stream typing system and conduct stream surveys that can lead to more waterways being protected.

Through this training you will:

  • Learn what water typing is
  • Understand why water typing matters and can help us protect forest waters
  • Gain tools to learn about your waterway and get notifications about what’s happening in your water source area
  • Become more effective advocates for your watersheds