WaterWatch is the only conservation organization devoted exclusively to restoring and protecting natural flows in Oregon rivers and streams. Since 1985, we've worked in the courts, state agencies, and legislature to ensure that there is enough water left in our rivers to sustain the fish, wildlife, and people who depend on them.
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Without WaterWatch, many of Oregon’s rivers and streams would run dry. During key dry months in almost every river basin in the state, there are too many water rights and not enough water to go around. Even in the 21st century, it can be legal in Oregon to drain our rivers until they are bone dry.

That’s what WaterWatch works to prevent. For over 30 years, WaterWatch has protected and restored water to Oregon’s rivers, streams and lakes for fish, wildlife and people. Our work isn’t glamorous. It can be difficult. We keep regulators accountable. We speak for the public interest. We pass balanced water legislation and, when necessary, we go to court. Our goal is to ensure a legacy of healthy rivers in Oregon.

There are many interests working to take more and more water from Oregon’s streams and rivers. Please join us to help ensure that there is enough water in our rivers for fish, wildlife, and people who depend on healthy rivers. Our quality of life depends on it.

Rivers need water