Native Fish and Wildlife
Across Oregon, streams and rivers make life possible for thousands of kinds of native plants, fish, and wildlife. WaterWatch ensures our natural heritage has a voice in water management decisions.
Ribbons of Life
Rivers and streams are the arteries of life in Oregon. These waterways support fish, wildlife, and many of our most treasured native plants by providing essentials including:
- Instream habitat
- Food and water sources
- Riparian habitat areas
- Freshwater to estuaries
“Thousands have lived without love, not one without water.” – W.H. Auden
Threats to Fish and Wildlife
Dams and water diversions degrade rivers and streams across Oregon. In many places, so much water has been promised to out-of-stream uses that there is not enough left in streams and rivers to support native plants, fish, and wildlife.
Oregon's rivers and streams face constant demands for new water from agriculture, cities, resorts, industry, and developers. When these users demand more from our rivers and streams, WaterWatch makes sure that Oregon's Legislature and state agencies account for the water needs of native flora and fauna.