ABOUT THE CLACKAMAS RIVER WATERSHED

ABOUT THE CLACKAMAS RIVER WATERSHED

The Clackamas River supplies high quality drinking water to almost 300,000 people in Clackamas County. In addition the Clackamas River Watershed:

1. Flows 83 miles from its headwaters to its confluence with the Willamette River near Gladstone and Oregon City.

2. Drains more than 940 square miles.

3. Is made up of 16 subwatersheds.

4. Crosses two counties and includes federal, state, and private land.

5. Is 72% public owned, 25% privately owned, and 3% tribally owned.

6. Generates hydroelectric power.

7. Is home to Steelhead, Chinook and Coho salmon, as well as Lamprey and Sea-run Cutthroat trout.

8. Hosts many productive farms and nurseries.

9. Offers a wealth of recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, camping, white water rafting, kayaking, and hunting.

10. Provides important habitat for many plant, wildlife and aquatic species.

11. Sections of the river are designated as Federal and State Wild and Scenic Waterways.

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watershed-concerns

 

1) Naturally spawning and
anadromous salmonids.

The Clackamas supports a variety of salmon species.

2) Land Use.

Land use impacts can increase pollution runoff, sediment loads, and water temperatures.

3) Urban Growth.

Impervious surfaces increase the impact of stormwater runoff.

4) Water Quality.

Water for people must be balance with water for fish.